Easter break chaos continues as more flights cancelled and ‘mile-long’ airport queues stretch outside the terminals

EASTER holiday chaos continues as more flights have been cancelled and "mile-long" queues were reported at airports in the UK.

Lines of holidaymakers were seen stretching outside of terminal buildings amid the flight chaos this morning.

Dozens of passengers were seen in long queues at Heathrow Aiport as holidaymakers tried to check in for their Easter flights.

The Easter weekend is set to bring huge issues for the travel industry as mounting pressure on staff continues across the country.

British Airway's phone lines are allegedly backlogged by eight weeks worth of furious customers trying to see if their holidays have been cancelled.

Meanwhile, customers at Manchester Airport said they had to wait 90 minutes for their luggage this morning.


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And in Birmingham, holidaymakers were forced to wait in "long-long fast track" queues to get through security during the travel chaos.

It comes as dozens of flights have been cancelled recently while airlines struggle to cope as staff call in sick with Covid.

Airlines are reporting more bookings for the summer season than before the pandemic — as lockdown-weary travellers spread their wings at last.

The firms are also suffering from a “crippling delay” in government identity checks for new staff.

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EasyJet boss Johan Lundgren said there would have been fewer recent cancellations if the system had been sorted out earlier.

He said: “There’s this delay of the clearance from the Department for Transport for people to get IDs.”

It comes as Brits heading away for the Easter weekend have been urged to travel today to avoid nightmare gridlock.

A whopping 27.6million cars will hit the roads on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the biggest springtime getaway since 2019.

And drivers are advised to plan ahead and travel either on Thursday or early on Saturday to get away from the worst of the traffic.

The Department for Transport says officials are working with operators to minimise disruption.

But anyone heading away has been warned to leave plenty of extra time for their journey, whenever they decide to depart.

Good Friday is set to be the busiest of the bank holiday days, with 4.62 million trips planned. 

The worst spots for congestion include the M6 north between Junction 26 and Junction 36, the M25 clockwise from Junction 8 to Junction 16 and the A303 near Stonehenge. 

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Those determined to take their car anyway will have an expensive weekend.

Thanks to soaring fuel costs, a 500-mile round trip will see drivers paying £20 more at the pumps than they did last Easter.

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