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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Chaotic scenes at airports have shown snaking queues and a huge pile-up of passengers’ luggage as airports struggle with a lack of staff. Many airports laid off employees during Covid and are yet to be back up to speed. The effects of Brexit have also been flagged up as a factor in recruiting issues. These factors as well as the surge in people wanting to travel following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has created a perfect storm for delays. What is happening with airports and travel? On Monday, Heathrow asked airlines to cut 10 per cent of flights at two terminals while easyJet started cancelling thousands of summer flights.The move by Heathrow affected around 5,000 passengers at Terminals 2 and 3 on approximately 30 flights.It comes after images emerged on Friday of a huge pile-up of passengers’ luggage.A spokeswoman for Heathrow said: “We apologise unreservedly for the disruption passengers have faced over the course of this weekend.“The technical issues affecting baggage systems have led to us making the decision to request airlines operating in Terminals 2 and 3 to consolidate their schedules on Monday, June 20.“This will enable us to minimise ongoing impact and we ask that all passengers check with their airlines for the latest information.”Gatwick airport is slashing its summer flight schedule to avoid further chaos for holidaymakers. This means as many as 10 per cent of flights will be scrapped from Gatwick’s summer schedule – equivalent to the cancellation of around 100 flights a day.What about the airlines? This month easyJet passengers were particularly badly affected. On June 13 alone, the airline cancelled 64 flights, leaving many stranded. Now, easyJet is to cancel thousands of summer flights in an effort to avoid last-minute cancellations and in response to caps introduced by Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol airports.It said it is “proactively consolidating a number of flights across affected airports”. And added that the aviation sector across Europe is experiencing “operational issues” including air traffic control delays, staff shortages in ground handling and at airports, and increased times for identity checks of new recruits. Speaking about the recruitment issues, easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren disputed the Government’s insistence that Brexit is not having a major effect on staff shortages in the UK’s aviation sector.He said: “I do disagree with that because you can just look at some of our staff.“If you’re looking pre-pandemic, we would have been turning down probably around two to two-and-a-half per cent of people for nationality reasons because you would need to have a visa.“That number for us is about 35 to 40 per cent.“The pool is smaller.
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.”Meanwhile, Ryanair, which has been largely unaffected by recent cancellations, announced it has added 200 “rescue flights” on its routes serving 19 UK airports until the end of September.This is aimed at passengers whose flights have been cancelled by easyJet, British Airways and Tui, the Dublin-based carrier said.Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, warned that flight delays and cancellations will continue “right throughout the summer” as airports continue to struggle with staffing shortages.When should you arrive at the airport? The general advice is to get there two-three hours before your flight is to depart. However, it is always best to check with your airline in advance. If too many passengers arrive earlier than advised this too can add to the delays by adding to congestion to the terminals. Arriving at airports four, five or six hours in advance of your flight will not help you or your fellow passengers and could exacerbate delays.HeathrowIt advises arriving not more than three hours before your flight but you should check with your airline in advance. Gatwick It says passengers should get to the airport as early as their airline advises, which is typically two to two-and-a-half hours for a short-haul flight and four hours for long-haul flights. ManchesterIt is advising passengers to arrive three hours before their flight is due to depart. Birmingham Airport Passengers should arrive at airports exactly when their airlines advise. So they should not be earlier or later. Luton AirportLuton Airport said passengers do not need to arrive any earlier than recommended by their airline.Stansted AirportPassengers are advised to arrive at the terminal building at the time stated by their airline, so they should check that advice before they set off to the airport, also check for any road or rail disruption that may affect their journey to the airport.British AirwaysOn its website, British Airways suggests customers arrive three hours before departure for long-haul services and two hours before departure for short-haul services. Ryanair It advises all passengers to arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to their scheduled departure time.Virgin Atlantic It advises arriving two to two-and-a-half hours before your flight departs if you are flying from Heathrow or Manchester airports. easyJetEasyJet has been contacted for comment. What other advice is there?If you can print out your own boarding pass before arrival this will cut down time spent in the airport before reaching security. Also, make sure you have packed correctly paying attention to limits on liquids in luggage when you are about to go through security.And if you can travelling light with just hand luggage will cut down waiting times.
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