Easyjet cancels up to 240 flights due to operational and supply problems

The EasyJet airline reported this Saturday that foresees the cancellation of 240 flights in the next ten days, which will affect about 24 a day, chartered from London Gatwick airport. The British cheap flight company assured that the cancellations -which will begin this Saturday and will last until June 6, coinciding with the school holidays in the United Kingdom- are “necessary to provide reliable services during this busy period.

Last Thursday, EasyJet suspended about 200 flights due to computer problems in various European destinations. “We have made the decision to cancel in advance some 24 daily flights from Gatwick, from May 28 to June 6,” the company said in a statement. The company apologizes in the note for the “late notice of some of those cancellations and the inconvenience caused to customers who have booked those flights.

Customers will have the option of rebook their flight or they can receive a refund and request compensation in line with current regulations. “Throughout the next week we will operate about 1,700 flights per daywith around a quarter of these services to and from Gatwick.”

The tour operator TUI has also apologized today for the cancellation of dozens of flights, which it has attributed to various factors “operational and supply chain“, such as restrictions on air traffic or work carried out on runways. “The delays have been due to a combination of factors and we are doing our best to keep customers up to date. We will provide refreshments and, where appropriate, hotel accommodation,” he wrote in a TUI note.

US cancels hundreds of flights

At the beginning of the Memorial Day “bridge”, one of the weekends with the most trips of the yearhundreds of flights have been canceled in the United States as a result bad weather and lack of staff. First thing this Saturday they had already been canceled more than 300 flights planned for this day within the country or with departure or destination in it, according to the FlightAware tracking website. That figure is added to more than a thousand cancellations on Friday and to the 84 that are already planned for Sunday.

On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, for its acronym in English) already warned that many of the largest airports in the country were experiencing limitations in takeoffs and landings due to this lack of personnel and the high volumes of traffic. The situation occurs despite the fact that several airlines had already reduced flights for the summer precisely to avoid difficulties due to not having enough employees to guarantee their usual frequencies.

Memorial Day, which is celebrated next Monday, unofficially marks the start of the summer season in the United States and is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year. In this exercise they are expected to travel more than 39 million people, according to estimates by the American Automobile Association (AAA), the largest group of motorists in the country, owner of its own travel agency. That number means an increase of 8.3% compared to 2021, bringing travel volumes almost in line with 2017. Favorite destinations include beach resort areas like South Floridawhere this year the airports expected to break passenger records during this “bridge”.