More than 15,000 holidaymakers are stranded as airport chaos rumbles on: British Airways and easyJet cancel at least 100 flights at Heathrow and Gatwick amid staffing crisis
Desperate Brits trying to jet abroad on holiday faced over a hundred cancelled flights today as travel problems plaguing the UK continued.
The axed jets at Heathrow and Gatwick have been caused by schedule reduction as well as staff being forced off work with Covid.
Among them are 96 flights from British Airways as well as ten EasyJet services.
As many as 15,000 passengers could be affected, according to the Independent.
It reported one jet to Naples from Gatwick last night had to be delayed because of staff working too hard.
EasyJet told them: ‘This is due to earlier disruption your flight resulting in the crew reaching their maximum legal working hours.’
Heathrow and Gatwick flight cancellations have been caused by schedule reduction as well as staff being forced off work with Covid
A busy Heathrow Airport terminal 2 on bank holiday Monday as travellers continue to face lengthy delays
It comes as over 40,000 railway workers are to be balloted for strike action in disputes over jobs and pay.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said a yes vote among its members could lead to the biggest rail strike in modern history.
The union said Network Rail is planning to cut at least 2,500 safety-critical maintenance jobs as part of a £2 billion reduction in spending on the network, while workers at train operators have been subject to pay freezes and changes to their terms and conditions.
The ballot opens on April 26 and closes on May 24 so strike action could begin in June.
Passengers queue inside the departures area of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London on Friday
The situation was the same at Manchester Airport, where the lines were lengthy and slow
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘Railway workers have had to contend with pay freezes, the prospect of losing their jobs and repeated attacks on their terms and conditions.
‘Removing 2,500 safety-critical jobs from Network Rail will spell disaster for the public, make accidents more likely and will increase the possibility of trains flying off the tracks.
‘Train operating companies have praised our members for being key workers during the pandemic but have refused to keep staff pay in line with inflation and soaring living costs.
‘As a result, thousands of railway workers have seen their living standards plummet and have run out of patience.
‘The way for trade unions to effectively take on the cost-of-living crisis is to stand up for their members at work and take industrial action when employers are not moved by the force of reasoned argument.
‘A national rail strike will bring the country to a standstill, but our members’ livelihoods and passenger safety are our priorities.’