Ryanair CEO has warned Brits should expect the travel chaos to continue for months.
Canceled flights, long queues and delays at the border have created chaos for families hoping for a long-overdue holiday abroad.
Asked if the UK will continue to face airline issues for months to come, Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson told Wales Online: “I think so.”
He added: “I think some of the airlines are struggling, some of the handling companies, some of the airports are struggling, but again that applies to the economy as a whole.
“We saw truck driver shortages and supply chain disruptions late last year, but I think companies could have been better prepared.”
He added that “stopping and restarting an airline is difficult […] is a difficult thing,” but said Ryanair was in a “good position” for the summer.
Airlines including easyJet and British Airways have canceled thousands of flights in recent weeks citing Covid-induced staff shortages.
BA reduced its flight schedule earlier this month, which will last until May, to avoid last-minute flight cancellations.
And long airport queues continue to plague holidaymakers across the UK, particularly at Manchester Airport.
And yesterday, dozens of passengers waited in long lines at Heathrow Airport as holidaymakers tried to check in for their Easter flights.
In Birmingham, holidaymakers have had to wait in “long-long fast lane” queues to get through security during the travel chaos.
At Stansted, the UK’s fourth-busiest airport, travelers have been told to arrive even the evening before if their airline offers an early baggage drop service.
A spokesman said: “Passengers should check with their airlines as some open bags are checked in the day before early morning flights.”
And TUI passengers are encouraged to check in their bags at the airport the night before their flight as well, to try to avoid the long lines.
It’s not just the airports – the holidays of thousands of passengers have been cut short by P&O Ferries’ cancellations after all services were suspended this weekend.
And to top it off, many families have had to cancel their holidays due to major delays in passport renewals, leaving many waiting longer than the recommended 10 weeks.
It all comes as Britons heading for the Easter weekend have been told not to travel today to skip the nightmare traffic jam.
A whopping 27.6 million cars will take to the streets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the biggest spring outing since 2019.
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