An estimated 10,000 easyJet passengers have had their flights to, from or within the UK canceled as the airline struggles with a shortage of staff.
London Gatwick airport is the most affected, with 44 flights so far grounded and others seriously delayed.
Cancellations include several long-haul holiday flights, including to Paphos, Cyprus, and the Greek airport of Preveza.
Although passengers on these flights were informed a day or two in advance, cancellations with shorter notices continue. The first flight from Gatwick to Geneva was grounded in the early hours of Friday morning.
To and from Bristol, 14 departures have been canceled so far, including calls to Amsterdam, Berlin and Krakow in Poland.
At Luton airport, where easyJet has its headquarters, connections to Jersey and Malaga were interrupted – along with the return legs.
Flights from Scotland’s two busiest airports, Edinburgh and Glasgow, were also affected.
From Edinburgh, round-trip travel to two domestic destinations – Birmingham and London Stansted – has been cancelled. A return flight from Glasgow to Birmingham was also ruled out, along with a return trip to Paris CDG.
Elsewhere, easyJet has made cancellations from Amsterdam to Berlin, Nice and Milan.
In Amsterdam, KLM canceled at least 50 flights, including connections to London City, Bristol and Manchester.
British Airways is canceling more than 100 European departures every day, but passengers are being sought out weeks in advance.
Wizz Air also canceled flights, some at short notice. From its main UK base in Luton, services to Palanga in Lithuania and the Bulgarian capital Sofia were grounded. Gatwick cancellations included Tel Aviv, Milan Malpensa and Malaga. At Doncaster Sheffield, a base that Wizz Air is closing, the afternoon flight to Tenerife has been cancelled.
All passengers whose flights are canceled are entitled to new flights on the original day of departure if a seat is available, even if it is on a rival airline.
If the cancellation was announced less than two weeks in advance and the airline is responsible, travelers will also be entitled to cash compensation.
Also, there are some long delays to and from Gatwick. EasyJet Malaga early arrival is seven hours late at this time.
The British Airways flight to Athens took off almost four hours late. Many flights are more than two hours late. They include BA for Barcelona, easyJet for Faro and Milan Bergamo and Tui for Antalya.
These delays will likely affect flights later in the day. British Airways departure at 21:25 from Gatwick to Alicante is delayed by one hour.
An easyJet flight from London Gatwick to Catania, Sicily, diverted to Paris Charles de Gaulle after a passenger became ill shortly after takeoff.
The Airbus A320, flying as EZY8567, took off from Gatwick at 10:32 am and flew normally for half an hour. But south of the French capital, while flying at 37,000 feet, the crew “shouted” an onboard emergency. The plane turned around and landed at 12:35 pm local time.
The aircraft took off again after about 80 minutes on the ground.
EasyJet cancellations to and from Gatwick
- Belfast city
- Berlin (2)
- Milan Malpensa
EasyJet cancellations to and from Bristol
- Belfast International
- Paris CDG
EasyJet cancellations to and from Luton
EasyJet cancellations to and from Edinburgh
- London Stansted