UK airports have been told to cancel flights in July and August to avoid further travel disruption for passengers. EasyJet plans to operate at 90% of its 2019 capacity over the next three months, suggesting around 11,000 flights could be cut.
The move comes as a disruption in recent weeks due to staff shortages that have caused London Gatwick and Schiphol in Amsterdam to limit flights.
EasyJet said most customers should be able to book alternative flights, many of which would be on the same day, and pledged to notify customers as soon as possible.
Major airlines including British Airways, TUI, EasyJet and Wizz Air have all canceled flights in recent weeks.
The Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority issued a joint letter calling on airlines to reduce their schedules.
Together they wrote: “Earliest cancellations to provide a more robust schedule are better for consumers than late cancellations.”
They continued: “We hope that you and everyone involved in the provision of aviation services will take all possible measures to prepare and manage passenger demand, which will help avoid the unacceptable scenes that we have recently witnessed.
“It is important that each airline again reviews its plans for the remainder of the summer season until the end of September in order to develop a deliverable schedule.”
Some attributed the disruption to staff shortages as the pandemic forced the travel industry to shut down.
However, others have blamed the latest chaos on Britain’s exit from the European Union.
TUI’s managing director of markets and airlines, David Burling, said: ‘The shutdown of the aviation industry has been more dramatic than in other countries in Europe. We obviously had Brexit.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the disruption was “self-inflicted by the government” and in the wake of “Brexit plus Covid”, as the Independent reported earlier this month.
As a result, Express.co.uk readers were asked if Brexit was to blame.
One reader, username CopyRight said: “This has nothing to do with Brexit. The problems are caused by the lack of manpower as a result of Covid.
“Also, travel has reopened this year and airports are overwhelmed.”
Username grimm6 wrote: “Most of this was caused by airlines and airports getting rid of staff. Nothing to do with Brexit, just an excuse.
And username Bolly1 said, “Of course it’s not due to airport mismanagement. It’s not Brexit’s fault.
Another, username X11, said: “If it had anything to do with Brexit why are some UK airports suffering more than others, why are some airlines doing well, n haven’t they left Europe.
“Why are some airports in Europe suffering? It’s ridiculous to blame it on Brexit.
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