Holidaymakers left stranded across Europe after wave of flight cancellations

British Airways canceled more than 100 short-haul flights at Heathrow Airport on Monday, although the airline stressed that affected passengers had been informed in advance.

Tui Airways is canceling six daily flights in Manchester.

Around 225 departures from UK airports were canceled between Monday and Friday last week, according to aeronautical data company Cirium. That compares to 24 during the corresponding semiannual week last year.

Travel consultancy The PC Agency estimated at least 15,000 passengers were affected by “last-minute changes” to flights on Sunday.

Paul Charles, the consultancy’s chief executive, said this has caused “major domino effects” and “it will take three days to clear the backlog.”

“It’s a Farce”

Matt Wheeler, 37, a train driver from Nottingham, said he and his partner had to find emergency childcare after learning their EasyJet flight home from Amsterdam on Monday morning had been cancelled.

“It’s a sham … I didn’t know about the cancellation until we got to the airport at 3.30am, no easyJet staff or any staff who could help us,” Mr Wheeler said.

“We now have to try and get family members to pick our children up from school/daycare this afternoon, then leave them overnight and take them to school tomorrow.

“You have to take time off work (and) we’ll miss a day’s work tomorrow because we won’t be home.”

Mr Wheeler said they were taken to a hotel and booked on a Tuesday morning flight, but added: “It’s the lack of communication and nobody at the airport to speak to that’s annoying – and the fact that this could happen again tomorrow.” Holidaymakers left stranded across Europe after wave of flight cancellations

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