It’s a bank holiday this weekend, which means relaxing, spending time with family and maybe even jetting off on a trip abroad.
But, those who have booked to go away this week may be hit with issues as large scale cancellations were announced last night.
This morning, August 25, holidaymaker might have woken up to their flights or holidays being delayed or cancelled.
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Both British Airways and easyJet have slashed the schedule of flights – grounding some of today’s planes.
Thousands of Brits are thought to be affected with BA cancelling 50 domestic and European flights to and from London Heathrow, reports the Independent. Meanwhile at Gatwick, easyJet has made at least 10 cancellations.
Passengers have since complained about being left to sort out their return journeys from airports around Europe.
Some cancellations and delays have followed air-traffic control and weather delays, reports claim.
British Airways flights have also been cancelled from Edinburgh going to London – as broadcaster Sangita Myska discovered last night.
Posting on Twitter, she said: "You cancelled our Edinburgh to London flight with two hours’ notice.
"An entire plane-load of people (inc a v frustrated elderly lady) are at the airport now stuck trying to find last minute hotel rooms during the busiest part of the year – when those rooms are at their most expensive.
"The ground staff have given no reason for the cancellation, and passengers have been told to make their own hotel arrangements. Seems particularly unfair on those who aren’t used to travelling, older people or those that don’t have ready cash."
Flights have also been held overnight in Dusseldorf, Marseille, Naples and Pisa. While easyJet cancelled 36 flights to and from Gatwick last night affecting around 5,000 passengers.
Today, the airline has scrapped a further 10 flights to and from Edinburgh, Faro, Milan, Nantes and Valencia. BA flights from Heathrow that have been cancelled today include three round-trips to Rome, two to Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Stockholm, as well as links to Athens, Venice and Vienna.
A spokesperson for BA said: "Like other airlines, due to adverse weather conditions experienced in the London area and across Europe, we’ve made some minor adjustments to our short-haul schedule.
"We’ve contacted affected customers to apologise and offer them rebooking options or a full refund."
A reduction in flying was imposed by Heathrow Airport yesterday limiting the number of aircraft which can safely take off and land per hour, applying to all airlines.
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An easyJet spokesperson told Daily Star: "Due to the impact of ATC restrictions across the network yesterday caused by adverse weather conditions across the UK and Europe which also resulted in the temporary suspension of operations at London Gatwick, some flights yesterday evening have been unable to operate as planned.
"We have been doing all possible to minimise the impact for our customers, providing those on cancelled flights with options to rebook or receive a refund as well as hotel accommodation and meals where required and we advise any customers who source their own that they will be reimbursed.
"Due to the knock on impact of yesterday’s weather and air traffic restrictions, we advise customers to check the status of their flight on our Flight Tracker www.easyjet.com/en/flight-tracker or via the app.
"The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and while this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused."
- British Airways
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