EasyJet cancels 100 flights due to lack of staff, suffering from COVID-19

 Monday, April 4, 2022 

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EasyJet has cancelled around 100 flights on Monday, including 62 from the United Kingdom, blaming higher than usual levels of staff absence due to Covid-19. The airline said it had tried to offset the problem by using standby crew but was forced “to make some cancellations in advance”.

It comes amid rising demand for travel as the Easter school holidays begin. Airports are also struggling with staff shortages that have led to long queues for security and check-in.

The EasyJet is one of Europe’s biggest airlines, said the cancellations were a small part of its schedule on Monday, which is around 1,645 flights.

A spokesman said that as a result of the current high rates of Covid-19 infections across Europe, like all businesses, easyJet is experiencing higher than usual levels of employee sickness.

Unfortunately it has been necessary to make some additional cancellations for today and tomorrow. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

He said affected customers had been contacted and could rebook on alternative flights or receive a voucher or refund.

The airports have also seen staff shortages at time when demand for travel is picking up following the end of travel restrictions.

The passengers at Manchester Airport have faced long queues for check-in and security, leading some to miss their flights at the start of the Easter holidays. There have also been complaints about extensive waits in the baggage reclaim halls.

Manchester Airport apologised and admitted passengers’ experiences fell “below the standard we aim to provide”.

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