The EASTER holiday chaos continues as more flights have been canceled and queues at UK airports are reported to be “miles long”.
Queues of holidaymakers stretched out in front of the terminal buildings this morning amid the flight chaos.
Dozens of passengers were seen in long lines Heathrow Airport as holidaymakers attempted to check in for their Easter flights.
The Easter weekend is set to cause major problems for the travel industry as pressure on employees across the country continues to mount.
British Airways’ phone lines are said to be overloaded with eight weeks’ worth of angry customers trying to see if their holidays have been cancelled.
Meanwhile, customers at Manchester Airport said they had to wait 90 minutes for their luggage this morning.
And in Birmingham, holidaymakers have had to wait in “long-long fast lane” queues to get through security during the travel chaos.
It comes as dozens of flights have been canceled of late, while airlines struggle to cope when employees call in sick due to Covid.
Airlines are reporting more bookings for the summer season than before the pandemic – as lockdown-weary travelers finally spread their wings.
Firms are also suffering from a “crippling delay” in government identity checks on new employees.
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EasyJet boss John Lundgren said there would have been fewer recent cancellations if the system had been sorted out sooner.
He said: “There’s this delay in clearance by the Department of Transportation for people to get IDs.”
It comes as Brits heading for the Easter weekend have been urged to travel today to avoid a nightmare traffic jam.
A whopping 27.6 million cars will take to the streets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the biggest spring outing since 2019.
And drivers are advised to plan ahead and Arrive either Thursday or early Saturday to escape the worst traffic.
The Department of Transportation says officials are working with operators to minimize disruption.
But everyone goes away was warned to allow plenty of extra time for their tripwhenever they decide to leave.
Good Friday will be the busiest of the public holidays, with 4.62 million scheduled trips.
Worst spots for traffic jams These include the M6 North between Junction 26 and Junction 36, the M25 clockwise from Junction 8 to Junction 16 and the A303 near Stonehenge.
Anyone who is still traveling by car will have an expensive weekend.
Thanks to rising fuel costs, drivers are paying £20 more at pumps on a 500-mile round trip than last Easter.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8653201/easter-break-chaos-flights-cancelled-airport-queues/ The Easter holiday mayhem continues as more flights are canceled and airport queues stretch “for miles” outside terminals