BA and easyJet cancel more flights, adding to misery for travellers

Holidaymakers and travellers are again facing disruption to their plans after the cancellation of more easyJet and British Airways flights as a result of staffing shortages caused by a soaring number of coronavirus cases.

BA cancelled 78 flights scheduled to take off from or land at Heathrow on Wednesday, while easyJet cancelled at least 30 flights scheduled to take off from or arrive at Gatwick. Some of the routes affected include journeys to Amsterdam, Kraków, Bologna and Berlin.

The latest cancellations mark another day of widespread disruption for airline passengers, many of whom are taking advantage of the lifting of travel restrictions to get away on Easter holidays.

More than 1,000 UK flights have been cancelled by airlines in recent days because of high levels of crew absences related to Covid-19.

Demand for foreign travel has soared after the easing of almost all Covid travel restrictions but it comes as high levels of Covid cases are exacerbating existing staff shortages caused by large numbers of aviation workers being laid off during the pandemic.

EasyJet had previously said it expected to cancel hundreds more flights during the week because of staff absences. It said at the weekend it had tried to offset shortages by rostering standby crew but was forced to make fresh cancellations at short notice.