Half term sees mass flight cancellations

easyJet in pre-emptive cancellations

easyJet plane on madeira airport runway, where there have beenflight cancellationsAround 40,000 easyJet passengers were told late on Friday that their holiday flights on Saturday had been cancelled. Britain’s biggest budget airline has grounded 234 flights to and from the UK today (Saturday).

Madeira flight cancellations

Many of them are families booked on winter sun or ski trips for half-term. Dozens of flights to the major ski airports, including Geneva, Grenoble, Salzburg and Turin, have been cancelled – as well as at least 20 services to and from the popular half-term destinations of Canaries and, of course, Madeira.

easyJet flights into Madeira this evening among those cancelled – U2 8137 from London Gatwick and U2 6245 from Bristol, together with the corresponding return flights to the same destinations.

Flight cancellations from BA as well

Almost 150 departures and arrivals have been cancelled at London’s Gatwick Airport, the easyJet’s main base. Ahead of the approach of Storm Dennis, British Airways had pre-emptively grounded 40 departures to and from Heathrow on Saturday afternoon and evening in a bid to protect the rest of the schedule.

An easyJet spokesperson said the company was offering customers the option to transfer their flights for free or a refund. “We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the disruption for our customers and to arrange alternative travel,” they said. I understood that there was also an obligation to book travellers on another flight?

However, one passenger, whose flight to Edinburgh to Geneva was cancelled, told BBC Breakfast this morning that he and his family had not heard from the airline since receiving a text on Friday night to notify them of the cancellation. They decided to take an alternative flight from Manchester at the additional cost of about £900.”You don’t expect a lot from a budget airline but a little bit of communication would have been great”, he said.

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7 thoughts on “Half term sees mass flight cancellations”

  1. I guess a lot of families traveling for half term will have no option but to cancel their holidays. Apparently easyJet are saying it is mid-week before they have any alternative flights available.

  2. Makes a change to be commenting on problems with weather affecting flights at this end and not at Santa Catarina !!.

    Unfortunately it looks like there might be a repeat performance next weekend and the early part of the following week as a very strong jet stream threatens to produce yet another storm for the UK, to be christened Ellen I believe.


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