This means that recent weeks have seen some airports across the UK see the biggest influx in passengers since before the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the sudden increase has left many airlines and airports struggling to keep up.
This has resulted in many airlines cancelling hundreds of flights across the country, leaving holiday makers missing out on their getaways.
So, what is the situation like at Newcastle airport?
Here’s everything you need to know about potential delays getting through the airport.
Are there any delayed flights?
At Newcastle airport on Friday 17 June there was one slightly delayed flight departing the airport today.
Jet2 had a flight scheduled to take off at 2:30pm for Mahon. However, this was delayed to 2:40pm.The flight number was LS374.
What flights are cancelled?
At the time of publishing there were no flights cancelled on Friday 17 June 2022.
Why are flights being cancelled across the UK?
There are multiple reasons behind the mass cancellations. Many airports have struggled with staffing issues with mass hiring happening in multiple locations, including Newcastle.
More specifically, certain airlines have encountered technical issues as well as staffing issues.
Easyjet has blamed its flight cancellations on a backlog caused by software issues.
TUI has yet to release concrete details surrounding its cancellations, simply saying the disruption is due to “operational and supply chain issues”, as well as an influx of passengers travelling.
A spokesperson for the travel company said: “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience to customers who have experienced flight delays or a flight cancellation.
“Delays have been caused due to a combination of factors and we are doing everything we can to keep customers updated, and will provide refreshments and, where appropriate, provide hotel accommodation.”
What to do if your flight is cancelled?
If your flight is cancelled or delayed by a certain amount of time, you should be able to get compensation.
The delay time varies from airline to airline so it is best to check directly with your airline.
Tui said that refunds would be available to those affected.
In a statement, the airline said: “Where we have made the difficult decision to cancel a small number of flights, customers will receive a full refund within 14 days and we will contact them directly to help them try and find another holiday.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
You can find out more about how you can claim a refund due to a cancelled flight with TUI via their refunds request form.
British Airways website offers information on how you can claim a refund if your flight has been affected by the ongoing disruptions.
For passengers due to fly with Easyjet you can find out more about whether you are entitled to a refund or compensation and when you will get it from their delays and cancellations page.
Law UK261 covers disruption to any flights departing from a UK airport, as well as flights arriving at a UK or EU airport on a UK or EU airline, meaning you should be entitled to flight compensation.
Every airline has a duty to get you to your destination with as little delay as possible. They should offer you passage on a rival carrier if their flights are full or cancelled.
Airlines must offer assistance and care such as food vouchers and accommodation if your flight is delay under the following parameters:
- More than two hours for a short-haul flight under 1,500km
- More than three hours for medium-haul flights between 1,500km to 3,500km
- More than four hours for long-haul flights over 3,500km