BRITS heading to Cyprus are being warned to expect even more travel chaos as flight cancellations cause problems for thousands of tourists.
More than 1,000 flights to and from Cyprus were delayed last month – and experts warn to expect even more to be cancelled this summer.
Paphos Airport was worst affected- 264 incoming flights(26 per cent) were delayed in May while 294 outbound flights (29 per cent) were delayed.
Airlines including easyJet, TUI, BA and Wizz Air have all been affected by the delays and cancellations.
While officials at the Cyprus hotel owner's association said they have not yet had reported of any impact yet, they "cautioned that issues may arise" unless the problems are sorted, according to local media.
Brits are one of the biggest tourist markets for Cyprus, making up 30 per cent of tourism.
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The chaos has been caused by a "perfect storm" of problems in the UK, including a shortage of staff, as well as length recruitment processes.
And with travel rules still in place in the majority of countries, this has caused huge airport queues and delays.
A BA pilot said the lack of staff was caused by a number of problems, such as job cuts and furlough, as well as the lack of help from the government to restart the travel industry.
Airport union Prospect's general secretary Mike Clancy said the current chaos had a "really damaging impact" on holidaymakers and was unlikely to be solved by next month.
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He told BBC: "It would be difficult to give anybody the confidence at the present minute, that we are going to be okay by the school holidays in July."
Travel editor Rory Boland added: "We're already seeing very long queues, widespread chaos at airports, huge stress for people planning to get away, and we haven't hit the peak yet."
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