EasyJet to cancel up to 200 half-time flights causing holiday chaos for families

EasyJet are set to cancel more than 200 half-term holiday flights next week, causing chaos for thousands of families.

The budget airline said around 24 flights a day will be cancelled at Gatwick Airport from today (Saturday, May 28) to June 6 so it can "provide reliable services over this busy period".

The half-term holiday period is expected to be the busiest for air travel since the pandemic, with tens of thousands of families travelling abroad.

In a statement, easyJet said: "We are very sorry for the late notice of some of these cancellations and inconvenience caused for customers booked on these flights however we believe this is necessary to provide reliable services over this busy period.

"Customers are being informed from today and provided with the option to rebook their flight or receive a refund and can apply for compensation in line with regulations."

The last-minute cancellations come after thousands of holidaymakers across the UK were left stranded on Thursday when easyJet systems crashed.

All but two easyJet flights scheduled to leave the country between 1pm and 3pm were either delayed or cancelled. Two flights to Mallorca and Thessaloniki were allowed to leave from Gatwick Airport.

The airline also cancelled three flights from Belfast International Airport to Gatwick, Faro and Bristol on tomorrow evening (Sunday, May 29), and another to Gatwick on Monday morning.

EasyJet said the latest cancellations are unrelated to Thursday's IT issue, which has since been resolved.

It said a range of issues were having an impact on its operations and contributing to the new half-term cancellations, including air traffic control restrictions, runway works and airport handling delays.

Meanwhile, travellers trying to take cross-Channel ferries also face delays at Dover.

The Department for Transport (DfT) urged people to check the latest advice before travelling. It warned that the roads in Kent are "extremely busy" due to an "exceptionally high number" of travellers and P&O Ferries still not running all of its ferry sailings.

The RAC has also issued a warning over congestion on motorways and major A roads, with around 17.9 million leisure trips by road expected be made this weekend.

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