When will the chaos be over? Answers to your most-asked travel questions

It has been a hectic two weeks at UK international airports, with flight cancellations and delays affecting thousands of British holidaymakers during the half-term break. And even now, after the children have returned to school, the chaos continues.

Understandably, the public has turned to the internet for answers to their most pressing holiday questions. These are five of the most Googled questions since the flight chaos began, and the answers.

If you have your own questions about the flight chaos, leave a comment below this article.

Will long-haul flights be cancelled?

The majority of canceled flights are short-haul flights to European destinations and domestic flights within the UK. However, passengers on long-haul flights could still face long security queues and potential baggage claim delays on arrival at UK airports. According to flight data website FlightRadar24, there were 64 canceled flights through UK international airports as of Tuesday June 7 and none were long-haul flights.

How long do the flight cancellations last?

The flight cancellations and delays were caused by post-pandemic staffing issues, and the disruption will continue until affected airlines have reduced staffing levels to manageable levels.

Airlines have cut around 30,000 jobs since the pandemic, after employing around 74,000 people in 2019. Airports have also cut ground staff. The delay in hiring is due to a number of factors, the most pressing of which is that the vetting process for airline staff typically takes around 14 weeks, but is reportedly taking longer. The last Covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted 12 weeks ago on March 18th.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has suggested that Brexit has also contributed to the delays as it becomes more difficult to hire staff from outside the UK.

Flight planning problems started around Easter and resurfaced in the mid-May half and it’s possible that problems could seep into the summer holiday season. However, with families not being pushed to travel for more than a single week, disruptions could be a little less severe in July and August.

Which airlines are canceling flights?

EasyJet has canceled dozens of flights a day, mostly from its Gatwick base. British Airways has also canceled flights and announced today that it has canceled a further 122 short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport in the coming weeks. Tui last week announced it would cancel 180 flights from Manchester Airport by June. Other airlines affected are Flybe and Wizz Air. So far, Ryanair and Jet2 have experienced fewer cancellations than other airlines.

How do I cancel my flight?

Before we answer that, let’s address the more pressing question: should I cancel my flight? If a flight is delayed or canceled due to airline fault (e.g. lack of staff), you are entitled to a full refund or be given options to rebook on the next available flight, plus possible compensation. If you unilaterally cancel your flight, you may not be entitled to a full refund or a seat on an alternative flight.

If you decide to cancel your flight booking, you can do so by calling your airline or by logging into your online account. To take some specific airline guidelines:

  • British Airways allows you to change your flight or request a voucher for the value of your existing ticket up to the end of check-in.
  • EasyJet allows passengers to cancel within 24 hours of booking. You can change your booking for a fee and you may have to pay the difference if the new ticket is more expensive.
  • Ryanair flights can be changed for a fee (after an initial 24-hour grace period during which you can rebook free of charge), but they cannot be canceled for a full refund.
  • Virgin Atlantic has a flexible booking policy that allows you to rebook a flight with no administration fees, but terms will change after June 23, 2022.

How do I complain about flight delays?

To claim compensation for a flight, it must have been delayed more than three hours beyond the scheduled arrival time and the airline must be at fault. You are not entitled to compensation if the delay is due to bad weather: your only option in this case is to wait until departure. In this case, however, you may be entitled to a small compensation to cover ‘reasonable’ food and lodging costs if your flight is delayed overnight.

If you miss your flight because you’re stuck in queues, you can’t make a claim with the airline, but if half the passengers are stuck, the airline probably delayed the flight.

If your flight is delayed and the airline is at fault, you are entitled to cash compensation for flights that arrive more than three hours late, depending on the route. According to, this breaks down as follows:

  • Under 1,500km (ie Glasgow to Amsterdam): £220
  • 1,500km – 3,500km (ie East Midlands to Marrakech): £350
  • 3,500km+ (ie London to New York City): up to £520

Do you have a question about flight chaos? Comment below to join the conversation When will the chaos be over? Answers to your most-asked travel questions

Skyred is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button