EasyJet canceled another 80 flights on June 5, stranding thousands of British travelers at airports, as travel disruption continued across the United Kingdom.
The budget airline said that it had canceled the flights “due to the ongoing challenging operating environment.”
“We are very sorry and fully understand the disruption this will have caused for our customers,” EasyJet said in a statement.
EasyJet said it had extended customer service opening hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time and was helping those affected to find hotel accommodation.
The cancelations mainly affect Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick Airport said that 52 departures and 30 arrivals were canceled on June 5, BBC News reported.
Aside from EasyJet flights, a handful of British Airways, Wizz Air, and Vueling flights were also affected.
Flights from Barcelona, Nice, Madrid, Belfast, Geneva, Corfu, Faro in Portugal and Glasgow were among those canceled, according to BBC News.
A spokesperson from the airport said that it was “operating normally” but would be busy with 830 flights.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that customers should automatically get reimbursed if their flight is canceled.
Airlines and airports are struggling to handle the surge in demand for travel after two years of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Shapps said that airlines had “cut too deep” by the COVID-19 pandemic and that labor shortages were behind the travel disruption.
“Clearly [the airlines] have been taken by surprise by the way in which people have returned to travel after two years of being locked down,” Shapps told BBC One’s Sunday Morning program.
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