Flights canceled live: EasyJet blames Brexit amid further cuts in summer as Heathrow goes through ‘meltdown’

Flights canceled live: EasyJet blames Brexit amid further cuts in summer as Heathrow goes through ‘meltdown’

Flights canceled live: EasyJet blames Brexit amid further cuts in summer as Heathrow goes through ‘meltdown’

The boss of easyJet partly blames Brexit for the many flight cancellations this summer.

Britain’s largest budget airline is cutting around 30-60 shifts a day due to staff shortages, and announced today that it would preemptively cut hundreds more in the summer.

Instead of running 97 percent of its pre-Covid summer program, easyJet now expects to operate 90 percent.

Johann Lundgren, the airline’s chief executive, said: the independent that some of the operational issues were due to issues with hiring workers after Brexit: “The pool of people is smaller, it’s just math.

“We have to turn down a huge number of EU nationals because of Brexit.”

The government has strongly denied that the chaos seen at UK airports in recent months has anything to do with the country’s departure from the EU.

Last week, aviation minister Robert Courts told MPs on the business selection committee that it was “not likely” that Brexit played a role in the chronic staff shortages at airlines and airports.

Meanwhile, Heathrow has asked airlines flying from Terminals 2 and 3 to cancel 10 percent of their schedules today due to mounting problems with baggage handling.

It is estimated that 15,000 passengers on 90 flights will be affected.

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Brussels Airport cancels all departing flights

No passenger flights will depart from Brussels Airport all day Monday due to a strike by security personnel.

In a statement, the Belgian hub said: “Brussels airport is closed to all departures due to a security strike.

“No departing flights on Monday 20 June.

“Due to the national demonstration and strike of a large part of the G4S security personnel on Monday 20 June, no passenger flights will depart from Brussels Airport.

“Passengers are urged not to come to the airport and rebook their flights.”

Simon CalderJune 20, 2022 11:15 am

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Heathrow cancels flights amid baggage handling collapse

In the latest outage at a major UK airport, Heathrow has asked airlines flying from Terminals 2 and 3 to cancel 10 per cent of their schedules today due to mounting problems with baggage handling.

It is estimated that 15,000 passengers on 90 flights will be affected. Ground departures range from a Loganair ATR72 commuter jet serving the Isle of Man to an Emirates Airbus A380 carrying nearly 500 passengers to Dubai.

Virgin Atlantic has canceled at least three transatlantic flights, including departures to New York and Los Angeles.

British Airways, which operates a number of flights from Terminal 3 and its main hub in Terminal 5, said it had made “a small number of cancellations”.

Simon CalderJune 20, 2022 10:50 am

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Brexit responsible for staff shortage

The boss of Britain’s largest budget airline has contradicted a minister’s claim that Brexit is not the cause of the current aviation chaos.

Last week, the aviation minister, Robert Courts, told MPs on the business selection committee that leaving the EU was “not likely” to play a role in the chronic staff shortages facing UK airlines and airports.

But Johann Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, said: the independent: “The pool of people is smaller, it’s just math.

“We have to turn down a huge number of EU nationals because of Brexit.”

Since the travel restrictions were lifted, 8,000 applications from European Union citizens have been rejected by easyJet because the candidates were not authorized to work in the UK, he said.

Simon CalderJune 20, 2022 10:30 am

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Helen CoffeeJune 20, 2022 10:20 am