British Airways and EasyJet cancel more flights with Easter trips disrupted

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Holidaymakers are in for more stress as further flights have been cancelled today.

British Airways have cancelled 74 flights from Heathrow today, while EasyJet has axed 52 across UK airports.

It's estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 customers have been impacted by the disruption.

Staff sickness related to coronavirus is believed to be the main cause of flight cancellations.

And according to a blogpost on Martin Lewis ' website moneysavingexpert.com, if you aren't booked onto another flight, you'll be due a refund within seven days.

The website states that according to standard flight cancellation rules, which have now been written into UK law, if your flight is cancelled you are entitled to choose between a full refund or an alternative flight.

Those who have booked a specific return deal with the same airline, who have one leg is cancelled, would expect a refund for both parts.

Here's a run down of all the flights cancelled so far:

British Airways to/from Heathrow

Domestic

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast City
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle

European

  • Amsterdam (2)
  • Frankfurt (2)
  • Hanover (2)
  • Stockholm (2)
  • Milan Malpensa
  • Toulouse
  • Madrid
  • Tirana
  • Vienna
  • Oslo
  • Zagreb
  • Bologna
  • Stuttgart
  • Nice
  • Basel
  • Munich
  • Zurich
  • Budapest
  • Luxembourg
  • Brussels
  • Berlin
  • Venice
  • Copenhagen
  • Marseille
  • Barcelona
  • Dusseldorf
  • Paris

And, EasyJet has cancelled a total of 52 flights today – which is fewer than yesterday.

EasyJet to/from Gatwick

  • Naples
  • Nice
  • Mahon (Menorca)
  • Brindisi
  • Montpellier
  • Preveza
  • Milan Bergamo
  • Kefallonia
  • Pisa
  • Verona
  • Krakow
  • Berlin
  • Olbia
  • Ibiza
  • Amsterdam

EasyJet to/from Luton

  • Berlin
  • Nice
  • Milan Malpensa
  • Edinburgh

EasyJet to/from Bristol

  • Amsterdam
  • Bordeaux
  • Olbia
  • Mahon

EasyJet to/from Manchester

  • Berlin
  • Naples

EasyJet to/from Belfast International

  • Edinburgh

EasyJet to/from Edinburgh

  • Belfast International
  • Luton

BA and Easyjet have been contacted for comment.

A spokesperson for British Airways told the Daily Star previously: "Aviation has been one of the industries worst hit by the pandemic and airlines and airports are experiencing the same issues rebuilding their operations while managing the continuing impact of Covid.

"We are also building a completely new subsidiary at Gatwick while increasing the size of our schedule at Heathrow.

"So while the vast majority of our flights continue to operate as planned, as a precaution we've slightly reduced our schedule between now and the end of May as we ramp back up.

"We've apologised to customers who are affected by this and to limit the inconvenience have re-booked them onto earlier or later flights on the same day they were originally due to travel where possible. We're also offering them the opportunity to book onto an alternative flight or request a full refund."

Yesterday, an EasyJet spokesperson said: "Unfortunately it has been necessary to make some additional cancellations for today and tomorrow.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."

Chaos has hit UK airports this week with Manchester, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick affected.

Holidaymakers were faced with hours long queues to get through security and lines out of the door of Manchester airport.

Spokespeople have warned tourists to arrive several hours early to avoid the risk of missing their flights.

Some of the delays and issues have been caused by a staff shortage due to Covid-19 absences.

  • British Airways
  • Easyjet

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