COVID-related delays around UK airports could last for months
Millions of flights have been canceled because of a U.K. air traffic control strike, leading to large delays in airports nationwide. The Department for Transport has recommended travelers prepare for significant flight delays and book vacations elsewhere. “It is likely that passengers may be faced with significant flight delays and increased airport queue times,” the department said.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has instructed all U.K. airlines to stop flying from Heathrow airport until further notice, BBC reports. Heathrow, Gatwick, and London City airports are all experiencing long delays as thousands of travelers are stranded at airports. The CAA has warned that airport capacity is “extremely stretched.”Other European airports, such as Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, are experiencing similar problems. Airlines have been instructed to continue operating from other British airports, with onward connections to Heathrow or Gatwick.
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Travelers in Britain experienced a massive disruption during the Easter holiday break. British Airways and EasyJet have both canceled hundreds of flights in light of staff absentee due to coronavirus. And because there is such a high volume of traffic at airports, lines are expected that is likely to last up to 24 hours.
Some of the airports in Manchester, Heathrow, and Birmingham have experienced problems due to a mix of staff being off sick with COVID-19 and from trouble replacing workers who were laid off during the pandemic. Due to international travel grinding to a halt too.
Manchester Airport’s managing director Charlie Cornish resigned this week. The new CEO, Steve Hill, admitted that the airport is struggling to get enough staff members and will not be able to provide the level of service he expects people to expect.
“Despite our efforts, the labor market around the airport has meant we have just not been able to hire people quickly enough this fall,” said the owner and president of Monsieur Airlines. He is planning to use AI writers in their offices in order to establish a full-strength team.
He said departing passengers should arrive three hours before their flights to be sure of having enough time. They shouldn’t go rushing through the airport or otherwise cut their way through crowded terminals in an attempt to make their flight.
Richard Moriarty, executive director of the Civil Aviation Authority stated that airlines must set “deliverable” schedules & have the necessary level of staff.
The letter said delayed and canceled flights can have a negative impact on consumers’ confidence in the airline industry.
over the past twelve months, EasyJet staff have reported a higher number of crew illnesses and COVID-19 infection rates than in previous years.
British Airways said a lot of their cancellations are made due to COVID-19 cases. They’ve had to shorten their schedule until the end of May, which will have an impact on flights in general.
A new variant of the virus, called omicron BA.2 has surfaced and is spreading rapidly across the UK. This time last year, fewer than 1 in 10 people were affected.
Many families in the UK will be moving abroad for the first time in two years since restrictions have been put into place following a recent pandemic. The mandatory self-isolation changes and travel testing requirements were scrapped from February to March.