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Friday, 10 June 2022

Travel chaos set to continue in Britain



In Britain, trains are often delayed or cancelled because of "the wrong sort of leaves on the track".

It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that Britons have been warned that the current travel chaos plaguing that country would last for a further 18 months.

The end of travel restrictions and Brexit have created a perfect storm for ill-prepared airlines and airport operators.

Large-scale cancellations and delays could last for another 18 months says Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye.

Which sounds like a good reason not to visit Britain in 2022.

“I think it will take 12 to 18 months for the aviation sector to fully recover capacity, so we will have to really carefully manage supply and demand,” Holland-Kay said at the Financial Times’ Global Boardroom conference.

He urged the Government to streamline rules further for security background checks to speed up the hiring of new staff.

“What we saw in some airports over the past few weeks is that supply and demand were out of balance... we need to make sure we are planning much better,” he said.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of the Advantage Travel Partnership, said agents and call handlers are receiving "a significant number" of calls from concerned customers

“About 30% of all calls are from customers that are reading the headlines, have bookings for July and August and are worried," she said.

It is "hideous and disappointing" for customers who find their flights are being cancelled.

Cancellations continued this week with easyJet and Wizz Air among the airlines scrapping flights, Travel Mole reported.

To add to the travel chaos, Britain is bracing for the largest rail strike in decades after unuons announced industrial action on June 2, 23 and 25.


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