Jet2: Boss blames ‘Brexit’ for recent airport chaos

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The Jet2 boss has hit out with a controversial comment about airport delays (Image: LNP / LT1 Media)

Staff shortages causing havoc at airports across the country have been blamed on Brexit.

Jet2 boss Steve Heapy is said to have made the remarks during talks with Grant Shapps this week, after the transport secretary rejected calls for more powers for airlines like BA and easyJet to hire visa-free workers from Europe.

According to The Sun, Mr Heapy blamed “lazy Brits” for the chaos.

But Jet2 says Mr Heapy has “expressed his frustration with the current job market” as Brexit is “pushing hundreds, if not millions, of people out of the job market”.

The industry wants post-Brexit rules to be relaxed so they can hire foreign staff instead of relying on British applicants who they say are missing interviews.

But Mr Shapps blames the airline industry for the problems.

The pressure on the labor market “does not excuse poor planning and overbooking of flights that cannot be serviced,” he added.

Hundreds of flights have been delayed and canceled in recent weeks as worry and confusion plague holidaymakers at many airports across the country.

On Wednesday easyJet canceled 36 flights to many destinations in Europe, while trouble-plagued Manchester Airport canceled 16,000 British Airways flights until autumn 2022.


Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy expressed his frustration with the current job market

chaos at the airport

Some Britons have been accused of pretending to be disabled to get through airports (Image: LNP / LT1 Media)

Passengers arrive at Dublin Airport on Friday morning as around 200,000 people will transit through the airport over the bank holiday weekend where new measures have been put in place including the installation of marquees at Terminal 1 for passengers who are forced to queue outside. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story IRISH Travel. Photo credit should read: Damien Storan/PA Wire

Chaos has reigned at the airport for several weeks (Image: PA)

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 06/03/2022. Manchester, UK. Passengers queue for a mile to check in on the busy Skylink between Terminal 2 and the train station at Manchester Airport. Large queues form at airports, train stations, ports and roads as the public tries to flee for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend. Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP

Queues at airports continue to grow (Image: Ioannis Alexopoulos / LNP)

Some Britons have also reportedly been accused of pretending to be disabled in order to get through the huge airport queues faster.

An insider at a meeting of industry leaders on Wednesday with Mr Shapps said: “If people are acting like this is potentially preventing really disabled people from getting a place and that’s pretty grim.”

The source added, “You can’t just tell people, ‘No, you’re lying.'”

Another industry chief said: “There should be a special place in hell for people who pretend to be disabled.”

This comment comes after a number of passengers were accused of pretending to be disabled to avoid the terrible queues plaguing Britain’s travel hubs.

In a statement to, a spokesman for Jet2 and Jet2holidays said: “During a meeting with government and industry on Friday, Mr Heapy expressed his frustration at the current labor market – given that Brexit has cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of unemployed people, and that affects many industries, including ours.

“To be clear, the other reports being circulated are categorically not the views of Mr Heapy or our proud UK based company.”

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