EasyJet cancels up to 200 half-time flights, causing holiday chaos for families

EasyJet is set to cancel more than 200 mid-term holiday flights next week, causing chaos for thousands of families.

The low-cost airline said around 24 flights a day will be canceled at Gatwick Airport from today (Saturday May 28) to June 6 so that she can “provide reliable services during this busy time”.

The mid-term holiday period is expected to be the busiest for air travel since the pandemic, with tens of thousands of families traveling overseas.

In a statement, easyJet said: “We are sorry for the late notice of some of these cancellations and the inconvenience caused to customers who have booked on these flights, but we believe this is necessary to provide reliable services during this busy time. .

“Customers are notified from today and have the option to rebook their flight or receive a refund and can claim compensation in accordance with the regulations.”

Midterm holiday period set to be busiest for air travel since pandemic

The last-minute cancellations come after thousands of holidaymakers across the UK were left stranded on Thursday when easyJet systems crashed.

All but two easyJet flights which were due to leave the country between 1pm and 3pm have been delayed or cancelled. Two flights to Mallorca and Thessaloniki have been authorized from Gatwick airport.

The airline has also canceled three flights from Belfast International Airport to Gatwick, Faro and Bristol tomorrow evening (Sunday May 29), and another to Gatwick on Monday morning.

EasyJet said the latest cancellations were unrelated to Thursday’s computer problem, which has since been resolved.

It said a range of issues were impacting its operations and contributing to further mid-term cancellations, including air traffic control restrictions, runway works and airport processing delays.

Meanwhile, travelers trying to catch cross-Channel ferries are also facing delays at Dover.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has urged people to check the latest advice before travelling. He warned Kent’s roads are ‘extremely busy’ due to ‘unusually high numbers’ of travelers and that P&O Ferries is still not operating all of its ferry crossings.

The RAC also issued a warning about congestion on the motorways and major A roads, with an estimated 17.9million road leisure journeys expected this weekend.

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