Now that holidays are back on the menu following uncertainty with COVID restrictions, people will be desperate to jet off to sunnier climates.
This means that recent months 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?
On Saturday 8 October there were no delayed from Newcastle airport.
Are there any delayed flights from Newcastle Airport?
On Saturday 8 October there were no cancellations from Newcastle airport.
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.
On Friday 16 September, Air France suspended many flights due to strikes from French air traffic controllers.
The French Syndicat National des Contrôleurs du Trafic Aérien (SNCTA) union announced that their members would be calling for strike action due to pay and working conditions in a statement that read:
“Between 2029 and 2035, one third of the [air traffic control] workforce is retiring. It is imperative that we anticipate and plan recruitment,
“If not, the consequences will be inevitable in terms of the public service, working conditions and flexibility.”
On Monday 19 Septmeber, BA announced that they would be reducing their number of flights to respect the national mourning period following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Additionally airlines have airlines have encountered technical issues as well as staffing issues in recent months.
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