The country is currently in the throes of airport chaos and disruption with 1,143 flights canceled last week. Passengers have been warned to expect flight cancellations caused by understaffing to continue.
UK flights have been axed in recent days due to crews stopping work amid a rise in coronavirus cases, while experts also said airlines and airports were struggling due to the number of job cuts made during the pandemic.
Aeronautical Data Company Cirium said 1,143 UK flights were canceled last week, compared to just 197 in the same period in 2019. The vast majority of cancellations last week were from easyJet and British Airways.
Paul Charles, managing director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: ‘This is a staggering level of flight cancellations caused by a cocktail of understaffing and staff shortages induced by Covid. Airlines are certainly experiencing a high demand for flights, but are simply unable to meet this demand due to a lack of resources. It’s a nightmarish situation for airlines and airports right now.
Passengers at Heathrow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham airports have also reported long queues in recent days, with some travelers missing flights due to the chaos. Travel agents have reported customers requesting flight tickets to be transferred to hubs without reporting any issues.
Here are some alternatives:
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Aeronautical Analysis Society Cirium reported that more flights depart on time from Liverpool than from any other airport in England. Data collected by Cirium in 2021 shows that 90.23% of all flights departed within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, which is considered on time in the aviation industry.
Liverpool is at the top of the performance table compared to other airports in England and just behind the best performing airports in the UK, Belfast International and George Best Belfast City. Airlines operating from Liverpool include Ryanair, easyJet, Wizz Air, Loganair and Lufthansa to destinations in Spain, Turkey, Germany, Norway and cities in Eastern Europe.
Doncaster Robin Hood Airport
Most holiday destinations are served from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport, with TUI flights making up a large proportion of air traffic. Robin Hood Airport is the UK’s fastest growing airport outside of London, operating flights to a wide range of over 40 destinations worldwide.
Flights go to Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States. The airport – formerly RAF Finningley – has one of the longest runways in the country dating back to its use as a former long-range nuclear bomber base and has been designated a Space Shuttle emergency landing site.
Teesside Airport boasts that its “state of the art security equipment makes for a quick and easy security experience. You don’t even have to take your liquids or electrical devices out of your bag”. No-frills airline Ryanair offers twice-weekly flights to Mallorca and Faro alongside its year-round service to Alicante.
A weekly service to Corfu also begins on June 3. Balkan Holidays is also launching its route to Bulgaria in early June and TUI, the UK’s largest tour operator, will launch flights to Mallorca on May 10.
The airlines Blue Islands, Loganair, TUI and KLM operate connections from the airport located just outside the city. There are refreshment facilities for passengers, who are advised to arrive up to three hours before any international flight.
There are over 50 destinations served directly from Cardiff. Low-cost airline Wizz Air UK is launching core operations to nine holiday destinations in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and Spain later this month.
The airport newcomer will add to the existing network offered by TUI, to more than 20 destinations across traditional Mediterranean hotspots as well as to the Canary Islands, Croatia, Tunisia and Turkey. Improved global connections will be available from May 24 when KLM increases flights to its Amsterdam hub, making it easier to connect passengers to distant points like Las Vegas, New York, Toronto, Bangkok, Dubai and Aruba.
Our two other low-cost airlines Ryanair and Vueling are offering flights to six European destinations this summer.
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No-frills carrier Ryanair is operating 14 routes from the South Coast hub this summer. TUI also serves the airport with a multitude of flights to traditional Mediterranean hotspots, such as Spain (Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Mallorca, Menorca, Tenerife), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante) , Cyprus (Paphos), and Turkey (Antalya, Dalaman).
East Midlands Airport
More than 250,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport during the Easter holidays. Ryanair, Jet2.com, TUI, Flybe, Alderney and Blue Islands airlines will fly to more than 50 destinations this year, including Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal. Italy, Poland, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland. , Spain (as well as the Canaries and the Balearics), Turkey and the Republic of Ireland.
Another boost for passenger choice is the launch of Ryanair’s route to Marseille on May 2 while Jet2 adds Izmir to its list of Turkish destinations from May 3.
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