Canceled flights today – live: EasyJet cancels 60 more flights as train strikes jeopardize summer plans

Canceled flights today – live: EasyJet cancels 60 more flights as train strikes jeopardize summer plans

EasyJet canceled a further 60 flights today as travel chaos hit Brits hoping for a summer break.

Most cancellations are to and from easyJet’s main base, London Gatwick.

Britain’s largest low-cost airline is currently canceling around 30 flights a day with a few days’ notice due to staff shortages.

But some passengers are warned significantly less; Travelers from Bristol to Lisbon were told at 5am that the only flight of the day was grounded, while a flight between Edinburgh and Birmingham was canceled just three hours before departure.

Meanwhile, planned train strikes are due to take place later this month, further wrecking Brits’ travel plans.

Three 24-hour strikes are taking place on 21st, 23rd and 25th June by RMT members working for 13 train operators and Network Rail, while London Underground workers plan a separate industrial action for 21st June.

Together, the strikes threaten travel chaos for commuters, as well as for those attending concerts, Test match cricket and the Glastonbury Festival.

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All easyJet flights have been canceled today

Ten thousand passengers who wanted to fly to, from and within the UK on easyJet on Thursday had their flights cancelled.

The Independent has today identified at least 60 grounded flights, most to and from London Gatwick – the airline’s main base.

Many of Thursday’s cancellations affect long-haul destinations and places with few alternative services. From Gatwick they include both of the main airports in Sicily, Catania and Palermo; Olbia in Sardinia; Bodrum in Turkey; and Marrakech in Morocco.

Click here to view all of today’s cancellations:

Simon KalderJune 9, 2022 9:34 am

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Helen coffeeJune 9, 2022 9:18 am

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Chaos in rail traffic later this month

In addition to flight disruptions in the UK, travelers could be hit by rail strikes later this month.

Tens of thousands of rail workers will go on strike across the country for three days in what their union, RMT, says will be the biggest strike since 1989.

Helen coffee and Simon Kalder report

Lamiat SabinJune 8, 2022 8:00 p.m

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Dozens of flights have been canceled today due to strikes in Italian aviation

A strike by Italian aviation workers has caused more misery for British travelers today.

Dozens of flights between the UK and Italy have been canceled, including easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways.

EasyJet has canceled 20 flights from Gatwick, including departures to Bologna, Milan, Naples, Rome and Venice.

The airline told passengers: “While this is out of our control, we want to reassure our customers that we are doing everything we can to minimize any disruption that may occur as a result of the strike action.”

About 14 flights between London airports and Milan have been canceled by British Airways, while Ryanair has canceled a handful of flights between Italy and Stansted.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “Due to air traffic control (ATC) strikes at Milan Bergamo, Milan Malpensa, Turin, Verona, Genoa, Cuneo and Parma airports, we have unfortunately been forced to cancel a number of flights on Wednesday.

“These ATC strikes are completely beyond our control and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience they will inevitably cause.”

Aviation workers, who are members of two Italian unions, went on strike from 10am to 2pm over various issues including pay, sick pay, time off and refreshments.

One of the unions, the Italian Transport Workers’ Union (UILT), has warned that if no agreement is reached, “this will only be the first in a series of protest actions”.

EasyJet and British Airways continued to cancel flights to and from places other than Italy due to staff shortages.

Lamiat SabinJune 8, 2022 7:00 p.m

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Arrest following attack that delayed BA flight by almost two hours

Police have arrested and cautioned a man for assaulting them together after an incident on board a plane waiting to take off at Heathrow.

A 24-year-old flight attendant was attacked on a British Airways flight to Barbados.

The flight was delayed almost two hours.

The attack happened on a British Airways plane

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Officers were called to Terminal 3 at 12:40 p.m. Monday.

A 24-year-old man was arrested and subsequently cautioned for assaulting one another, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

The flight attendant was not injured, police added.

Lamiat SabinJune 8, 2022 6:00 p.m

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Government blasted for ‘doing nothing for airline industry’

Airline lobbyist Willie Walsh has criticized Transport Secretary Grant Shapps for blaming the airline industry for hundreds of canceled flights.

The director-general of the International Air Transport Association said Mr Shapps had been “absolutely useless in his approach to the coronavirus crisis”.

He also said at a conference in Paris on Tuesday: “Since the pandemic began, he has done nothing for the industry as transport minister.”

Willie Walsh, Director General of the International Air Transport Association

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Mr Walsh, a former chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG SA, said earlier in a panel discussion that Mr Shapps – who heads the Department for Transport (DfT) – does not know what he is talking about when it comes to aviation.

The DfT said in comments emailed to Bloomberg that the sector had received £8billion in support during the pandemic.

The government has also said airlines have cut too many jobs during the pandemic, failed to plan for an eventual recovery in travel demand and sold too many passenger tickets.

Lamiat SabinJune 8, 2022 5:00 p.m

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ICYMI: What’s causing the travel chaos?

The government is under growing pressure to add aviation jobs to its list of shortage occupations – to lower hurdles for EU workers to fill gaps at congested airports and airlines.

What is causing the disruption? Simon Kalder Reports:

Matt MathersJune 8, 2022 4:05 p.m

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Rail strikes: What impact could they have?

union members network rail and 13 train operators hold 24-hour strikes on June 21, 23 and 25.

What could the effect be? And are there any other disputes?

Our travel correspondent Simon Kalder Reports:

Matt MathersJune 8, 2022 3:48 p.m

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Which BA flights have been cancelled?

British Airways canceled 122 short-haul flights to and from its main base, London Heathrow Airport, on Wednesday.

The Independent calculates that 22 domestic flights have been grounded, including two return flights from Heathrow to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Simon Kalder and Helen coffee Report:

Matt MathersJune 8, 2022 2:53 p.m

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Even more travel chaos on the way

In addition to flight disruptions in the UK, travelers could be hit by rail strikes later this month.

Tens of thousands of railroad workers will go on strike across the country for three days in what their union says will be the largest strike since 1989.

My colleagues Helen coffee and Simon Kalder Report:

Matt MathersJune 8, 2022 2:21 p.m

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