Airline passengers have been hit by more disruption as more than 100 flights scheduled for Wednesday to the UK have been cancelled.
British Airways canceled at least 78 flights at Heathrow, while easyJet canceled at least 30 at Gatwick.
The airline industry is suffering from a surge in staff illnesses caused by the coronavirus and a shortage of workers following job cuts during the virus crisis.
To reduce the impact on passengers, most cancellations are made at least a day in advance and on routes with multiple daily flights to allow passengers to be offered alternative departures.
British Airways said many of its cancellations include flights cut as part of its decision last month to trim its schedule until the end of May.
This was done to increase reliability due to rising Covid-19 cases.
easyJet’s staff absenteeism rate is around double the normal rate.
Airports are also grappling with the combination of staff shortages and a surge in demand as many families head abroad for the Easter holidays, which are the first since the UK’s coronavirus restrictions on international travelers were lifted.
The situation could get worse this weekend as airports are used by travelers returning from trips in the first week of the holiday and by travelers departing in the second week of the school holiday.
Manchester Airport chief executive Karen Smart resigned Tuesday after weeks of disruption to passengers.
Travelers face long delays and chaotic scenes, with queues outside terminals to reach check-in desks and hordes of people waiting to get through security and collect luggage.
Stacks of suitcases were left in the terminals after travelers gave up waiting to have their luggage collected and went home instead.
Passengers have also reported long queues at Heathrow and Birmingham airports.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/more-than-100-uk-flights-axed-on-wednesday-as-airport-chaos-continues-41525588.html More than 100 flights to the UK were canceled on Wednesday as chaos at the airport continues