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James Martin, 49, blasted British Airlines on Twitter yesterday, as he found himself caught up in “the carnage that is travelling by air in 2022”. The famous chef claimed both the airline and airport did not have enough staff to take passenger bags on the plane, resulting in them having to courier luggage themselves.
He typed: “Welcome to the carnage that is travelling by air in 2022.
“Fourth time BA and airport hasn’t had enough staff to take the bags off the plane so now have to courier them.
“A bloody joke, should be prosecuted for taking money when clearly can’t deliver the service.
“Thousands kicking off,” he added.
In response, his followers agreed as they shared their own experiences in recent weeks with flying abroad.
@brontecottage commented: “You are right, chaos is created by them taking too many people’s money for services that they cannot deliver, you are trapped while they use your money. They just close the desks and you are helpless. They took the gov furlough money to plan so it’s doubly disgusting.”
@steve17750 typed: “Exactly. Why are they making reservations that they clearly and knowingly can’t fulfil.“
Scorpio54G said: “BA not responsible for baggage – no airline is – employed by the airports. Airport staff shortages due to many people left the country due to Brexit & people sacked during Covid. Staff have an impossible task. Something needs to be done -blame the right people.” (sic)
@UArampie interjected: “Spare a thought for all us aviation workers who are absolutely working our a**** off to try and deliver a good service under these difficult and trying times! How do you think we feel? We who are here are doing our best!”
Express.co.uk has reached out to British Airways for comment.
British Airways and EasyJet cancelled more than 150 flights to and from the UK on Wednesday, as holidaymakers faced further delays going into the extended Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, amid further recriminations between ministers and the aviation industry over who is to blame for the disruption.
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, met industry bosses on Wednesday afternoon following news that BA had cancelled at least 124 short-haul flights at Heathrow airport, although the airline said passengers had been given advance notice.
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The low-cost carrier EasyJet also scrapped at least 31 flights at Gatwick Airport, including those scheduled to depart for Bologna, Barcelona, Prague, Krakow, and Edinburgh.
The travel operator TUI has cancelled six flights a day from Manchester Airport for the whole of June.
Manchester Airport blamed the move on staffing shortages at TUI and its ground handler Swissport, which manages its check-in and baggage handling.
On the latest day of flight cancellations and disruption at airports, one EasyJet passenger tweeted a photograph taken shortly after 4am at Manchester Airport, which showed a lengthy queue of people in the terminal’s car park.
Describing the situation as “carnage”, the passenger wrote: “Took two hours 45 minutes to get through – most of that was bag drop.
“Now on the aircraft, but due to shortage of ground crew, there’s going to be another delay of approximately 50 minutes.”
Manchester Airport is expecting more than 330,000 passengers to pass through the airport between Thursday 2 June and Sunday 5 June. The airport apologised for the disruption and advised passengers to arrive three hours before their flight.
Another EasyJet passenger complained of having to wait for more than two and a half hours to collect their luggage after they landed at Gatwick shortly before 3am. He called this “simply not good enough”.
Travellers have faced several weeks of delays and disruption at airports across the UK, with demand for foreign trips bouncing back after the easing of all UK Covid travel restrictions.
Many workers in the aviation industry were made redundant or left the sector during the pandemic, when international travel was grounded for months at a time.
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