The latest on flight cancellations and delays at Manchester Airport as TUI announces a major change to its June flight schedule.
Package holiday company, Tui, is planning to cancel six flights a day from Manchester Airport, until the end of June.
The cancellations are being blamed on staff shortages, after hundreds of jobs were cut when the travel industry almost came to a halt during the pandemic.
Other TUI flights at UK airports are not affected by the announcement.
With travelling getting back to normal again, the upcoming bank holiday weekend will be one of the busiest periods so far, with around two million people set to fly – and not enough staff to help manage demand.
Today (31 May), Tui flights to Antalya in Turkey, Skiathos and Zakynthos in Greece and Puerto del Rosario in Spain were cancelled.
At the time of writing, four other Tui flights from Manchester have also been delayed.
The 10:20am flight to Montego Bay in Jamaica, was delayed by 5 hours and 2 minutes.
The 10:30am flight to Cancun in Mexico is currently delayed until 4:04pm, and a 1:50pm flight to Hurghada set off late at 3:55pm.
Later on, a 5:35pm flight to Izmar in Turkey has already been delayed by nearly two hours.
Tui will be offering customers affected by cancellations a full refund “as well as an extra gesture of goodwill”.
However, one customer told the BBC that their family did not want to re-book with the holiday giants, as they “have lost all faith in Tui”.
The Tui customer, Joanna Chandramani, was meant to be on a flight to Turkey on Wednesday with her husband and twin daughters.
“The kids are devastated,” said Chandramani.
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What has Tui said about the flight cancellations?
Tui Airways said in a statement: “Unfortunately, due to ongoing challenges in our operation, we have had to announce a small number of planned cancellations between now (31 May) and 30 June from Manchester Airport only.
“We are directly contacting all impacted customers in departure date order and they will automatically receive a full refund.
“We can reassure our customers that the remainder of our flying programme is expected to operate as planned.”
Manchester Airport’s carrier and ground handler, Swissport, is also suffering from staff shortages which has seen some passengers facing long waits to get their luggage back.
An airport spokesman added: “We understand Tui’s difficult decision to cancel a number of services over the course of the next month, although we are obviously disappointed to see passengers’ plans disrupted in this way.”
Meanwhile, motoring organisation, RAC, predicted that drivers will make 19.5 million trips by car over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend – with Friday expected to be the busiest day.
This could potentially cause traffic and delays, with the M25 forecast to be a hotspot. For the latest travel advice for all forms of transport over the bank holiday, see here.