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Passengers sleep on a baggage carousel, with TUI suspending 6 flights a day for a month

Tony Brown @tonyprod77 ? 7h I've just landed at @Gatwick_Airport and some people in #baggage claim say they've been waiting for their bags for more than two hours. Gatwick Airport

Some passengers tried to rest on the baggage conveyor belts (Image: Tony Brown/Twitter)

Passengers at Gatwick Airport have resorted to napping on baggage conveyor belts as the UK’s holiday chaos continues.

People at Heathrow Airport claimed they had never seen queues this bad, while TUI confirmed they would be canceling at least six flights a day from Manchester by the end of next month.

At least five travelers at Gatwick were pictured trying to rest on arrival at Gatwick – despite a warning that read ‘Please do not sit or stand on the conveyor belt’.

A Twitter user said they waited more than two hours for their luggage while easyJet canceled at least 31 flights at the airport.

It comes amid chaotic scenes across the UK as holidaymakers try to brave terrible queues and delays to get away.

At London’s other major airport, Heathrow passengers attempting to board their flights claimed they had “never” seen queues as long as this morning.

The security line at Terminal 3 kept growing in itself, with one woman joking with a friend, “Should I time it? Do we dare?’

Image licensed for the photo agency i-Images. 05/31/2022. London, United Kingdom. Long queues at Heathrow Terminal 2. Thousands of passengers have had to cancel their flights at short notice as travel chaos returns to the UK just as half-time break begins. British Airways canceled 140 short-haul flights from London Heathrow on Monday 30 May. Many employees have been laid off during the pandemic. The airport is struggling with the travel disruption at Heathrow. Heathrow. Picture by Mark Thomas / i-Images

Queues were also horrendous at Heathrow Terminal 2 (Image: i-Images)

An American couple who regularly fly in to visit their children waited in line for half an hour and expected to wait at least another hour.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” said the woman, who declined to give her name.

Long delays also occur at Bristol Airport.

Meanwhile, Tui Airways apologized to customers and said in a statement: “The May half-year break is always an incredibly busy time with many customers wanting to get away and this year is no different.”

The six flights per day allowance would be cut, it said: “Unfortunately, due to ongoing challenges in our operations, we have had to announce a small number of planned cancellations by June 30 from Manchester Airport only.

FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 787 of travel company TUI taxis near the north runway at Gatwick Airport in Crawley, Britain August 25, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

TUI has confirmed it will be canceling six flights a day at Manchester Airport by the end of the month (Image: Reuters)

“We are contacting all affected customers directly in order of departure date and they will automatically receive a full refund.

‘We can assure our customers that the rest of our flight program is expected to proceed as planned.’

It comes as extraordinary footage showed police reading a TUI statement to passengers telling them their holidays had been cancelled.

A girl cried when her flight home from Cyprus was twice canceled by the airline.

Meanwhile, ministers have been accused of failing to “act”, with the Treasury’s shadow Treasury Secretary James Murray of Labour, claiming the Government has “failed to prepare” for the surge in travel demand.

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 05/31/2022. Manchester, UK. Passengers queue for check-in at Terminal 1 of Manchester Airport. TUI has canceled 5 flights from Manchester Airport today. Credit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP

Passengers queuing early for check-in at Manchester Airport (Image: LNP)

A government spokeswoman insisted the airline industry “is responsible for ensuring it has enough staff to meet demand” and blamed delays on “an exceptionally high number of travellers” this week.

Flight passengers have been hit by cancellations and long delays at airports for several months, but the situation escalated dramatically during the school holidays and ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

According to aeronautical data company Cirium, 291 departures from major UK airports were canceled between May 25 and Tuesday.

The problems have also been attributed to long-term staff shortages, made worse by the industry laying off thousands of workers during the Covid crisis.

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British Airways continues to cancel dozens of flights each day, although the airline said passengers are given several days’ notice.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said UK airline executives “should hang their heads in shame”.

She continued, “They became very wealthy from high profits and low wages. During the pandemic, they laid off and then cut wages for thousands of workers without a second thought.

“Now they are reaping what they sow because understandably people don’t want to work for them anymore.”

Garry Graham, deputy general secretary of the Prospect union, warned that “staff shortages across the industry” mean they “rely heavily on overtime to get by”.

He continued: “In many areas like air traffic control, overtime is just a temporary patch.

“So it could get worse this summer before it gets better.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last month introduced legislation that would allow new aviation recruits to begin training before they pass security checks in a bid to reduce the time it takes them to start work.

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