Flights canceled today – live: EasyJet cancels 72 services as British Airways cuts another 110

EasyJet canceled 72 more flights today as Britons hoping to escape for the summer break are hit by travel chaos.

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

Britain’s biggest low-cost airline is canceling around 30 daily flights a few days in advance due to staff shortages.

But some passengers are receiving considerably fewer notices, informed just hours before 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’s Heathrow Airport.

BA says nearly all flight cancellations are pre-planned and that passengers have been given advance notice – with some departures pulled out of schedules many weeks in advance.

Elsewhere, Priti Patel accused the Labor MP of “deliberate and inappropriate alarmism” after he raised the issue of passport delays in Parliament.

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Heathrow Terminal 4 reopens on Tuesday

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and international aviation collapsed, Heathrow Airport was quick to close Terminal 4 — the unloved facility south of the runways that previously housed a smorgasbord of carriers.

From Tuesday, June 14, “T4” reopens. Initially, only Qatar Airways, with its connections to and from Doha, will fly through Terminal 5. But the following month, around 30 airlines will return – including Israel’s El Al, Etihad, Gulf Air, ITA (formerly Alitalia), Kenya Airways, Korean Air and Malaysia Airlines.

On the same day, Tube trains on the Piccadilly Line will return to the circuit serving Terminal 4, and two Elizabeth Line trains will pass every hour from London Paddington through Terminals 2 and 3.

“While we are still years away from passenger numbers returning to pre-pandemic levels, the reopening of Terminal 4 will give Heathrow airlines extra space,” says airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye.

Simon CalderJune 10, 2022 10:35 am

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All British Airways flights canceled today

British Airways canceled 110 short-haul flights to and from its main base, London’s Heathrow airport, on Friday.

The Independent calculates that 20 domestic flights were suspended, including two round trips from Heathrow to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh and Jersey.

At least 90 international flights were cancelled, including five of nine round trips from Heathrow to Amsterdam, as well as holiday flights to Faro and Larnaca.

BA says nearly all flight cancellations are pre-planned and that passengers have been given advance notice – with some departures pulled out of schedules many weeks in advance.

See the full list of cancellations here:

Simon CalderJune 10, 2022 10:12 am

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More rail workers vote to strike

More rail workers are to be voted to strike in escalating disputes over wages and jobs, raising the threat of a summer of travel chaos, it was announced on Friday.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said its members at CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and West Midlands Trains will vote in the coming weeks on launching industrial action campaigns on wages, conditions and job security.

The union announced on Thursday that it will vote its members in Avanti West Coast to strike.

Travelers are already facing major disruptions to London’s railways and underground later this month, because of strikes by members of the rail, maritime and transport (RMT) union Aslef and Unite.

The RMT strikes will paralyze services from 21st to 26th June, the London Underground will be affected by an RMT and Unite strike on 21st June, while Aslef members on the Hull, Greater Anglia and Croydon Tramlink trains will carry out a series of stoppages between June 23 and July 14.

The newly announced TSSA ballots, among 570 workers, open on June 16 and close on July 7.

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Japan reopens to British travelers – with strings attached

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

However, only a select few can go – that is, those booked for Japanese government-approved private group tours.

Those who are eligible must still get tested before travel, complete a health form, and wear masks for much of the trip. Meanwhile, individual tourists remain barred from entering the country.

Lucy ThackrayJune 10, 2022 9:45 am

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Helen CoffeyJune 10, 2022 09:13

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Guests May Miss Long-Delayed Wedding Due to Flight Cancellations

A bride told reporters she fears several of her guests will no longer be attending her wedding in Spain this week due to ongoing easyJet cancellations.

Florence Broderick said her family’s flights to the Madrid ceremony were canceled this week, with some of them now sure to miss their “lifetime event”. Her wedding had already been postponed for three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

“Everyone is struggling to get to London and book a flight, but prices are sky high.”

“Potentially not doing a lifetime event… it sucks.

“If you don’t have that many employees, certainly commercially, should that be planned?”

Lucy ThackrayJune 9, 2022 5:39 pm

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‘Tighter controls for British travellers’ causing queues and delays at Spanish airports

“Tighter controls for British travelers due to the UK’s departure from the EU” is one of the main causes of the current queues and delays at airports in Spain, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

The lack of personnel at the airfields and the lack of police are the other reasons given for the long lines photographed by many tourists during the past month.

On Tuesday, a video of passengers showed huge, crowded lines of hundreds of tourists waiting to go through passport control at Madrid’s Barajas airport.

“Spain will be one of the countries most affected [by the UK’s exit from the EU]”, explains the paper, “because UK resident tourists represent more than 20 per cent of foreign travelers arriving in the country every year”.

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

“Summer is coming and there will be a noticeable increase in passengers who will take longer to get through controls. So there is no doubt that there will be more congestion,” said a spokesman for the country’s largest police union, Jupol.

Spanish police announced this week that they will hire 500 new agents to work at the busiest airports, including those in Madrid and Barcelona.

Lucy ThackrayJune 9, 2022 5:17 pm

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Virgin Atlantic’s new London to Austin flights will be daily from Spring 2023

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

Commercial director Juha Jarvinen announced the increased lineup at a launch event on Wednesday, saying it was due to strong sales during the initial booking period.

He said: “Seeing our aircraft land in Austin today fills me with pride and is an important occasion as it represents the new phase of growth for Virgin Atlantic.

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

“We have seen huge demand for bookings and as a result we are happy to confirm that the route will increase to a daily service starting in spring 2023.”

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

Lucy ThackrayJune 9, 2022 4:50 pm

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New train strikes to take place June 23-29, July 13-14, unions say

Train drivers are expected to go on strike over wages and more rail workers are expected to be voted for industrial action in escalating disputes in the sector that threaten major travel disruptions in the coming weeks.

Aslef announced strikes at three companies in separate rows over wages, while the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) notified an industrial action vote.

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

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

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are due to go on strike at Network Rail and 13 train companies later this month, while RMT and Unite have announced a standstill on the London Underground as well.

TSSA said it is demanding from Avanti a guarantee of no layoffs for 2022, no unagreed changes to terms and conditions, and a salary increase that reflects the rising cost of living.

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

TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortes said: “Avanti West Coast needs to come to the table to address the concerns of its staff and tell its payers in government that widespread rail disruption is in the pipeline.

“Avanti West Coast employees are asking for some basic fair 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 in terms and conditions.

“We may be seeing a summer of discontent on our railroads. We are preparing for all options, including coordinated strike action.”

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

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What are my rights if my flight is cancelled?

Dozens of flights are being canceled by airlines every day due to staff shortages and sick leave.

British Airways, easyJet and Tui have taken the decision to reduce their daylight saving hours, with most routes being canceled in advance and passengers notified.

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 causes you to experience major delays:

Simon CalderJune 9, 2022 4:05 pm

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