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EasyJet And British Airways Flight Cancellations Continue – Follow Live

Another day of disrupted travel plans looks set to ensue as airlines cancel more than 100 of their scheduled services across UK airports.

British Airways and easyJet have both been forced to axe more flights today, thwarting thousands of travellers’ plans to jet off for the Easter holidays.

Holidaymakers who have swapped sky for sea are also facing disruption.

Ahead of one of the busiest weekends of the year, DFDS Ferries has warned thousands of passengers booked with P&O Ferries that it will have no space for them on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

P&O Ferries suspended its Dover-Calais sailings on 17 March, after telling nearly 800 crew they had been made redundant immediately. P&O has been telling passengers they can be carried on the services of DFDS – which sails from the Kent port to Calais and Dunkirk in northern France.

But DFDS has tweeted: “DFDS has no availability for P&O customers between 08 April 00.01 and 10 April 23.59.

“Please do not proceed to port without a confirmed reservation, contact P&O Ferries for alternative travel arrangements.”

Follow the latest updates below.

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Luxury for some lucky passengers on Heathrow-Dublin hop

Passengers on a pair of British Airways flights between London Heathrow and Dublin will enjoy unexpected comfort this afternoon.

After the short-notice cancellation of a London-Dublin-London rotation this morning, BA is to deploy a wide-bodied Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the link to accommodate all the passengers.

British Airways flight 836 will leave Heathrow Terminal 5 at 1.10pm, arriving in the Irish capital 90 minutes later.

After just 40 minutes on the ground at Dublin, the return service will leave at 3.20pm and is scheduled to arrive back at Heathrow at 4.45pm.

Anyone paying the £913 return fare in business class will be entitled to a lie-flat bed.

Even in economy class the seat comfort on the Boeing is better than the short-haul Airbus A320 normally used by BA on the route.

Simon Calder6 April 2022 10:00

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British Airways and easyJet cancel more than 100 flight between them on Wednesday

British Airways has cancelled 54 short-haul flights to and from its main hub, London Heathrow. BA gave advance warning to most passengers, but there were on-the-day cancellations to Milan Linate and Dublin.

Other media are reporting 78 cancellations on British Airways for Wednesday, but they appear to be including flights that were taken out of the system months ago, including links with Moscow and Tokyo.

EasyJet has grounded at least 58 departures to, from or within the UK, with its biggest base, Gatwick, worst affected. Amsterdam and Milan have multiple cancellations.

Simon Calder6 April 2022 09:17

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P&O Ferries passengers told that DFDS won’t have room for them at the weekend

Ahead of one of the busiest weekends of the year, DFDS Ferries has warned thousands of passengers booked with P&O Ferries that it will have no space for them on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

P&O Ferries suspended its Dover-Calais sailings on 17 March, after telling nearly 800 crew they had been made redundant immediately. P&O has been telling passengers they can be carried on the services of DFDS – which sails from the Kent port to Calais and Dunkirk in northern France.

But DFDS has tweeted: “DFDS has no availability for P&O customers between 08 April 00:01 and 10 April 23:59.

“Please do not proceed to port without a confirmed reservation, contact P&O Ferries for alternative travel arrangements.”

Three large P&O Ferries vessels are tied up at Dover’s cruise terminal, when normally they would be running a busy shuttle service to Calais and back.

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Simon Calder6 April 2022 09:01

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Sympathy for Manchester airport’s departing managing director

Manchester airport’s managing director, Karen Smart, has stepped down after weeks of long queues for security – with many passengers missing flights and departures being delayed.

But the travel correspondent of The Independent, Simon Calder, says there are extenuating circumstances. In his Plane Talk column, he writes: “As an example of the term ‘thankless task’, I give you ‘pretty much any job at any airport’.

“Social media, as ever, is hungry for culpability – and Ms Smart has become the unfortunate fall girl. But the chaos in aviation over the past two years, with one incoherent set of travel restrictions after another, made travelling by turns either illegal or impossibly complicated.

“Going from 100 per cent to five per cent of customers and back to 80 or 90 per cent in the course of two years would be a challenge for any boss in any industry. I wish Karen Smart well in her next post, and trust the task will bring her some deserved thanks.”

Who’d run an airport?

Plane Talk: After weeks of travel chaos, the managing director at Manchester airport has stepped down writes Simon Calder

Helen Coffey6 April 2022 08:38

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog, where we’ll be posting all the latest travel updates throughout the day.

Helen Coffey6 April 2022 08:27

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