FAMILIES will have to pay NINE TIMES more for a short break in Europe this half-term – experts warn it could be the most expensive in years.
It comes as airports across the country have seen chaos due to hiring backlogs, new passport rules and high demand for outbound travel.
The devastation has pushed up prices — especially when children are out of school.
A Ryanair flight to Nice rose to a whopping £125.99 during the half-term break week – compared to just £12.99 the week before, reports The Daily Mail.
And while a BA flight from London to Barcelona on May 23 would cost holidaymakers just £65, a week later it’s six times more expensive at £125.99.
Meanwhile, EasyJet is charging £48.99 to fly to Rome on May 23 – and a week later it’s charging £118.99 per passenger.
Which? Travel Editor Rory Boland said: “It’s depressing to see high airfares again at half term as it puts the holiday out of reach for families whose budgets are already stretched by the rising cost of living.
“If you’re flexible about your destination, families may be able to beat the hikes by waiting until the last minute to book.”
It comes as Brits once again faced huge queues at airports across the UK this week, with angry travelers stuck in long lines as early as 4am.
Long waits were noted at Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Bristol on Tuesday.
One traveler passing through Bristol wrote on Twitter: “Massive queues at check-in/bag drop, staff running around like headless chickens, stressed passengers, security queues exiting security, down stairs and into departures.
“We will do everything to avoid this airport in the future.
Birmingham Airport even advised some passengers to check in their luggage the night before.
They said on Twitter: “You can check in your luggage between 3pm and 8pm the evening before your morning flight.”
There are now fears that the travel chaos could continue next year.
Kully Sandhu, chief executive of Aviation Recruitment Network, warned that it “could take at least the next 12 months for the industry to settle down in terms of vacancies.”
He said it wasn’t just Covid causing problems in hiring new staff, which he said there were more than 300 vacancies at UK airports, but also Brexit.
EasyJet will eliminate a number of seats on its flights to allow the airline to fly with fewer crews on board over the next few months.
And British Airways is due to cancel 16,000 flights, with 10 per cent of flights between March and autumn affected.
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