Summer Travel Chaos: EasyJet Cancelled 1,700 Summer Flights

Summer Travel Chaos: EasyJet Cancelled 1,700 Summer Flights

The holiday plans of thousands of travellers face disruption as EasyJet has axed flights travelling to and from Gatwick airport.

The cancellations will affect around 180,000 passengers in July, August and September.

The airline blamed constrained airspace over Europe and ongoing air traffic control difficulties, which are causing regular cancellations.

The airline has assured that 95% of affected passengers had been rebooked onto alternative flights. However, roughly 9,000 travellers are still yet to be placed on flights,

The decision to cancel the flights comes as schools across England and Wales prepare to close for the summer. 

A spokesperson for EasyJet said:

“We have therefore made some pre-emptive adjustments to our program, consolidating a small number of flights at Gatwick, where we have multiple daily frequencies, in order to help mitigate these external challenges on the day of travel for our customers. Customers whose flights are affected are being informed, with 95% of customers being rebooked onto an alternative flight and all customers provided with the option to rebook or receive a refund. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused.”

Passenger Rights For Cancelled Flights

If your EasyJet flight has been cancelled, you could be entitled to compensation.

Under European rules, easyJet passengers whose flights are cancelled are still entitled to travel on their original day of departure. 

This includes rebooking on another carrier that has seats available at the airline’s expense. Passengers may also claim a full refund for their fare should they decline a replacement flight.

For cancellations one to two weeks in advance,  passengers must be rebooked on a flight that departs no earlier than an hour ahead of the original time and arrives less than two hours after your original arrival.

If the flight is cancelled with less than two weeks' notice, passengers could also be entitled to compensation of €250 per person for flights of 1,500km or less or €400 for flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km.

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