Flights to Spain and Portugal will be “hardest hit” by the Gatwick cancellations – as 4,000 trips are scrapped, experts say – Low Calorie Diets Tips

FLIGHTS to Spain and Portugal will be hit hardest, experts say, after Gatwick Airport canceled 4,000 flights over the summer.

Daily flights will be capped at 825 in July and 850 in August – compared to 900 per day for the same period in previous years.

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Gatwick Airport is canceling thousands of flights this summer

That means up to 4,000 flights will be canceled at Britain’s second busiest airport – ruining the summer plans of an estimated 800,000 people.

It said the decision came after a review of its operations and that it is “temporarily curbing its growth rate” for two months.

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And it hopes it will help passengers “experience a more reliable and better standard of service” due to the cuts.

Britain’s most popular holiday destination is thought to be hardest hit by the cancellations – causing travel chaos.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy PC Agency, told The Telegraph: “It is inevitable that flights to Spain will be the worst affected.

“This is very frustrating for consumers. The pressure is now on Gatwick and the airlines to urgently cancel these flights as airlines look to cut compensation.

“If you give more than two weeks’ notice, you don’t have to pay any compensation.”

He also considers Portugal and flights to southern France, namely Nice and Marseille, to be risky.

It comes just days after a disabled man who had been waiting on a plane fell to his death in Gatwick’s North Terminal after disembarking without help.

A source said the passenger and his wife both required special assistance after their easyJet flight landed at the airport but no one came to his aid.

Gatwick has insisted this latest bad news will allow airlines to manage more predictable flight schedules and help ground handlers during the school holidays, adding that the vast majority of scheduled flights will operate as usual this summer.

Its review found that a number of companies based at London Airport continue to operate with serious shortages of human resources during the summer holiday period.

The airport warned that passengers could face queues, delays and cancellations if the problem is not fixed.

It comes after a busy holiday week that saw more than 150 flights canceled across the UK on the eve of the platinum anniversary.

Airline passengers have been hit by disruptions for several months, with the situation worsening this week due to increased demand sparked by the school holidays and four-day weekend.

EasyJet canceled 600 flights this month, while TUI was forced to cancel more than 180 flights in June, affecting around six flights a day.

British Airways canceled thousands of flights in advance between March and October to prevent last-minute cancellations.

And a statement from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department of Transport (DfT) has urged airlines to cancel even more flights in advance to avoid last-minute cancellations.

The airline industry cancellations are being caused by staff shortages after thousands of people were laid off during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick has prepared well to restart international travel with the successful reopening of our South Terminal and we have now successfully hired 400 new colleagues to help us carry passengers quickly this summer to get through security.

“We are also working closely with our airlines to avoid disruption to passengers this summer and while more newly hired staff will begin work in the coming weeks, we know it will be a busy summer.

“But it is clear that during the anniversary week, some companies working at the airport suffered particularly from staff shortages. By acting decisively now, we want to help ground handlers – and our airlines too – better align their flight programs with their available resources.

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“As before, the vast majority of summer flights will operate as usual and the measures taken today mean that our passengers can expect a more reliable and better standard of service while improving conditions for staff working at the airport.

“I am extremely grateful to all of our staff for their tireless work over the past few months to get the airport back up and running and for helping get passengers on their journey.”

A lack of staff not only in Gatwick, but in the entire industry has been causing chaos for months

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A lack of staff not only in Gatwick, but in the entire industry has been causing chaos for monthsCredit: Peter Jordan

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