How early easyjet, BA, TUI and Jet2 passengers should travel to UK airports to avoid chaos

Britons traveling over the Easter holidays on TUI, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and British Airways are being urged to arrive at UK airports earlier amid ongoing travel chaos

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Long queues continue to exist at Manchester Airport due to staff shortages

The Easter holidays get off to a chaotic start for Brits as airports including Manchester, Birmingham and Heathrow have seen huge queues and delays caused by staff shortages and flight cancellations.

Meanwhile, staff shortages caused by Covid were seen easyJet is canceling over 200 flights in recent days, while British Airways has also been hit by a wave of cancellations. (If you are scheduled to fly, we have tour guides with us How to check if your flight has been cancelled as well as Your Refund Rights if you are affected).

As a result of the ongoing disruptions, passengers from major airlines such as TUI, easyJet, British Airways, Jet2 and Ryanair are being urged to arrive at airports even earlier to avoid the lengthy delays.

Manchester Airport has responded by urging passengers to arrive for flights “at the earliest time your airline will allow”.

A statement on his Twitter account said: “As we continue to recover from the pandemic and passenger numbers increase, security queues can sometimes be longer than usual. If you need to travel in the next few weeks, please arrive as early as your airline allows. We apologize to our customers for the disruption.”

The “earliest time” that airlines will allow you to arrive at the airport may vary depending on whether you are flying short-haul or long-haul.

To help you, we’ve summarized the major airlines’ policies for arriving at the airport – including the earliest time they suggest you arrive.

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easyJet has been hit by staff shortages that have resulted in the airline canceling over 200 flights


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easyJet online check-in opens 30 days before departure and closes two hours before.

Bag drop opens two hours before departure on all flights, so this is the earliest arrival time. It’s worth noting that for flights to Israel, this is extended to three hours before departure.


TUI opens online check-in 14 days before your departure date. Bag drop counters at the airport open three hours before your flight departure time, so this is the earliest time you can arrive at the airport.

It’s worth noting that this applies to TUI Airways – if you’ve booked a package that includes flights on another airline, you’ll need to check their own baggage drop and check-in rules.

British Airways

British Airways was also hit by a wave of cancellations this week



BA online check-in opens 24 hours before your flight.

The airline recommends arriving at the airport two hours before short-haul flights and three hours before long-haul flights. It’s worth noting that airport check-in usually closes around 45 minutes to an hour before departure. So if you want to check in at the airport, you might want to give yourself a little more time.


The airline’s online check-in opens 28 days before your flight and closes five hours before your flight departure.

Meanwhile, airport check-in desks open at least 2 hours 30 minutes before a flight departure time. Although Jet2 does not list a recommended arrival time on its website, there is a caveat: “Please arrive at the airport on time as our check-in counters close 40 minutes before your scheduled departure time. You must have completed the check-in process by this time.”


Ryanair’s website states: “We recommend checking bags in as early as possible, the Bag Drop counters open two hours before the scheduled departure time.”

They warn: “The bag drop counters close exactly 40 minutes before the scheduled departure time. If you miss this deadline, your booking may be canceled with no refund and you could be prevented from boarding the aircraft.”

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