Flights canceled today – live: EasyJet will operate 72 services, while British Airways will have another 110 .  deletes

Flights canceled today – live: EasyJet will operate 72 services, while British Airways will have another 110 . deletes

Flights canceled today – live: EasyJet will operate 72 services, while British Airways will have another 110 .  deletes

EasyJet has suspended 72 flights today as Britons hoping to get away for a summer holiday are hit by travel chaos.

Most cancellations are to and from easyJet’s main base, London Gatwick.

Britain’s largest budget airline is currently canceling around 30 flights daily with a few days’ notice due to staff shortages.

But some passengers receive significantly fewer warnings, only within a few hours of their scheduled departure time.

Meanwhile, British Airways is still canceling more than 100 short-haul flights a day to and from its main base, London Heathrow Airport.

BA says nearly all flight cancellations are pre-scheduled and passengers have been notified in advance – with some departures taken from schedules many weeks in advance.

Elsewhere, Priti Patel has accused Labor MP of “deliberate and inappropriate scare-mongering” after raising the topic of passport delays in parliament.

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Japan reopens to British travelers – with obligations

Japan finally reopens to international tourists today after an almost complete two-year ban on foreign arrivals.

However, only a select few are allowed to go – namely those booked for private group tours approved by the Japanese government.

Those who qualify will still be required to pre-travel, complete a health form, and wear masks for much of the journey. Meanwhile, individual tourists are staying out of the country.

Lucy ThackrayJune 10, 2022 09:45

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Good morning, and welcome to the independentthe live blog. We’ll give you the latest travel updates throughout the day.

Helen CoffeeJune 10, 2022 09:13

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Guests will miss a much-delayed wedding due to flight cancellations

A bride has told reporters she fears some of her guests may not be attending her wedding in Spain this week due to easyJet’s ongoing last-minute cancellations.

Florence Broderick said her family’s flights to the ceremony in Madrid this week had been canceled, and some of them are now sure to miss her “lifelong event”. Her wedding had been postponed for three years because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We were just praying it wouldn’t be cancelled, but tonight the big flight has been cancelled,” she told the BBC.

“Everyone is scrambling to get to London and book a flight, but prices are skyrocketing.”

“To possibly not make a lifelong event…it sucks.

“If you don’t have that many staff, especially commercial, does this need to be planned?”

Lucy ThackrayJune 9, 2022 17:39

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‘Stricter controls for British travelers’ cause queues and delays at Spanish airports

“Tighter controls for British travelers due to the UK’s departure from the EU” is a major cause of current queues and delays at Spanish airports, the Spanish newspaper reported El Pais has reported.

Lack of staff at airports and a shortage of police officers are the other reasons for the long queues photographed by many tourists over the past month.

On Tuesday, a passenger video showed wide, crowded lines of hundreds of vacationers waiting to go through passport control at Madrid’s Barajas airport.

“Spain will be one of the hardest hit” [by the UK’s exit from the EU],” explains the paper, “because tourists living in the United Kingdom make up more than 20 percent of foreign travelers who arrive in the country each year.”

A police union representative predicted that the current queues will only get worse as we head into the summer.

“Summer is just around the corner and there will be a remarkable increase in passengers taking longer to pass the controls. Therefore, there is no doubt that there will be more congestion,” said a spokesman for Jupol, the country’s largest police union.

Spanish police announced this week that it would hire 500 new officers to man its busy airports, including those of Madrid and Barcelona.

Lucy ThackrayJune 9, 2022 17:17

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Virgin Atlantic’s new flights from London to Austin will go daily from spring 2023

Following Virgin Atlantic’s launch of direct flights to Austin, Texas from London on May 25, the transatlantic airline has announced that the route will operate daily from April 2023.

Chief Commercial Officer Juha Jarvinen announced the schedule increase at a launch event on Wednesday, saying it was due to strong sales during the first booking period.

He said: “It fills me with great pride to see our plane land in Austin today and is a momentous event as it represents Virgin Atlantic’s new growth phase.

“Austin is our first new US route since 2017 and we know that its impressive food, art and music scene has already captured the attention of our customers.

“We have seen tremendous demand for bookings, so we are pleased to confirm that the route will increase to a daily service from Spring 2023.”

Economy return fares start at £516 per person, premium at £817 and Upper Class from £2,014.

Lucy ThackrayJune 9, 2022 16:50

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Further train strikes will take place June 23-29, July 13-14, unions say

Train drivers must go on strike over wages and more railway workers must be voted to unionize amid growing industry disputes that threaten a massive travel disruption in the coming weeks.

Aslef announced strikes at three companies in separate rows over pay, while the Transport Salried Staffs Association (TSSA) announced a union action vote.

Members of Aslef on Hull Trains will strike on June 26, Greater Anglia on June 23 and Croydon Tramlink on June 28 and 29 and July 13 and 14.

The TSSA said it will vote hundreds of workers to take union action at train operator Avanti West Coast in a dispute over pay, conditions and job security.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will go on strike at Network Rail and 13 train companies later this month, while the RMT and Unite have also announced a strike on the London Underground.

TSSA said it is demanding from Avanti a guarantee of no redundancies before 2022, no disagreement over terms and a wage increase that reflects the rising cost of living.

The vote will start on June 15 and close two weeks later, with the union saying the strikes could start in mid-July if there is support from members.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Avanti West Coast must come to the table to face the concerns of their staff and tell their paymasters in government that widespread rail disruption is on the cards.

“The Avanti West Coast staff is asking for fair, basic treatment – not to be fired from their jobs; a fair wage increase in the face of a cost of living crisis; and no race to the bottom on terms and conditions.

“We could see a summer of discontent on our railways. We are preparing for all options, including coordinated strike action.”

Avanti operates passenger trains from London Euston to Birmingham, Crewe, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow.

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What are my rights if my flight is cancelled?

Due to staff shortages and absenteeism, dozens of flights are canceled by airlines every day.

British Airways, easyJet and Tui have all made the decision to cut their summer schedules, with most routes canceled in advance and passengers notified.

The airlines say this will allow them to operate more efficiently and reduce the risk of last-minute cancellations.

Read our guide to your rights if an airline cancels a flight on short notice or you experience long delays:

Simon CalderJune 9, 2022 16:05

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Last-minute flight cancellations are unacceptable, says Which?

Consumer champion Which one? has called the string of daily flight cancellations for thousands of passengers “totally unacceptable”.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? tripsaid: “Thousands of EasyJet passengers have had their travel plans disrupted by flight cancellations. Some holidaymakers have been notified the day they were due to depart, which is totally unacceptable.

“We continue to hear of examples of the airline failing to fulfill its legal obligations to passengers and ignoring their rights. If a flight is canceled within 14 days of departure, passengers may be entitled to compensation and the option to be rerouted with another airline if necessary. We know that this requirement is not always met, so the government and civil aviation authority must intervene where airlines play with the rules quickly and loosely.

“The arrogant approach that some airlines are currently taking towards their customers reminds us why passenger rights need to be strengthened. The government should drop plans to cut compensation for delayed and canceled domestic flights and give the CAA immediate fining powers so it can hold airlines accountable for breaking the law.”

Helen CoffeeJune 9, 2022 3:35 PM

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Ryanair criticized for ‘offensive’ language test

Ryanair must face regulatory action in the UK after using an “ignorant, abusive and discriminatory” African test against South Africans, the House of Lords heard.

The Irish budget airline has reportedly maintained its policy of requiring South Africans traveling on flights to the UK to prove their nationality by taking an African language test.

The move has sparked outrage as there are 11 official languages ​​in South Africa and the enforcement of Akfrican is associated with apartheid.

Baroness Chakrabarti, former director of Liberty and former Labor Shadow Attorney General, told colleagues, “Using Akfrican to verify citizenship is as ignorant as it is insulting and discriminatory.”

She asked the government to “explore all possible regulatory options to convince Ryanair of common sense and decency”.

Ryanair has said it must conduct the additional test due to the increased number of fraudulent South African passports used to enter the UK, and that airlines bringing a passenger into the UK with a false passport will be fined £2,000 risk.

However, the Transport Secretary, Baroness Vere of Norbiton, said it was not UK policy to demand a language test.

She agreed that Ryanair’s actions were “morally dubious and certainly inappropriate”.

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Further railway strikes announced

More rail strikes have been announced as drivers from Hull Trains, Greater Anglia and Croydon Tramlink prepare to leave.

Further disruption to train services is expected this month as drivers from Hull Trains, Greater Anglia and Croydon Tramlink prepare for strikes in separate wage disputes.

The train drivers’ union Aslef announced the union action for “later this month”.