London, May 31, 2022 – Dream vacation shattered for thousands of British tourists: hundreds of flights were canceled in view of the bridge at the end of spring, lengthened by the feast days for the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen Elizabeth.
The causes of the inconvenience
At British airports chaos reigns, tourists have to deal with kilometer files before, perhaps, seeing your plane blow up. Many have decided to travel abroad for the first time in two years due to the pandemic, also taking advantage of the start of the first school holidays in England and Wales since all Covid restrictions were lifted. The situation is ‘aggravated’ by the fact that many passengers use vouchers and credits received for previously canceled trips. The flights bought and then skipped during the most acute phases of the pandemic, an additional package that fuels the already extended fire of demand. Airlines and airports can’t handle the boom because of the shortage of manpower that scourges the British economy. The “assault” on airports has come at a delicate time for the aviation industry, which is still trying to recover employees lost in the pandemic.
Companies and airports in difficulty
The latest announcement came today from the tour operator Tuithe holiday giant on which a charter company depends, whose top management has made it known stop of other dozen departures expected from now to the end of June from Manchester. The German company last Saturday not only canceled a series of flights at the last minute, but also announced significant delays in Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester. Similar misadventures have been caused in recent days in London airports such as those of Stansted And Gatwickor even in that of Glasgow, due to the cancellations of numerous forced departures. Among the operators in difficulty we find the national airline British Airwaysand also the low cost giant EasyJet, which canceled over 200 flights to and from Gatwick between 28 May and 6 June. EasyJet apologized for the inconvenience, but reiterated that cancellations were “necessary in order to provide a reliable service in this busy period”.
The newspapers give voice to the protests of passengers and denounce “nightmare” prospects for the summer holidays of millions of people departing or arriving; while companies apologize to users, but justify themselves by evoking the lasting effects of the boom in absences among staff linked, among other things, to residual infections from Covid. Justifications that the government of Boris Johnson, at least in part, he does not accept. The British premier criticizes the carriers for the staff cuts made in the midst of the pandemic and not revoked to a sufficient extent in recent months, despite the resumption of good vigor in the sector after the abolition of health restrictions. A phenomenon, that of canceled flights, similar to what happened last year in the United States. History repeats itself. But, above all, he does not teach.
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Great Britain, holiday nightmare. Hundreds of canceled flights: what’s happening – Foreign
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