Holidaymakers have been hit by weeks of travel disruptions, which UK airports are to blame for, according to low-cost airline Jet2.
Those planning to dust off their hipster camera bags and head abroad, snapping the beautiful landscapes, sunsets, culture and wildlife of other countries have, no doubt, been put off by reports of lost luggage, long delays and cancelled flights.
It was only the recent half-term break when tens of thousands of tourists faced disappointing holiday cancellations at the last-minute, as airports could not cope with the surge in number of passengers since the pandemic, reported BBC News.
Now, Jet2’s executive chairman Philip Meeson told Sky News the long queues, baggage handling problems, lack of catering supplies, delays and cancellations are all the result of airports being “woefully ill-prepared and poorly resourced”.
He stated this is “inexcusable”, particularly as the flights have been arranged for several months, and it is simply a return to normal operations following from Covid-19 travel restrictions.
“[This] has occurred simply because of the lack of planning, preparedness and unwillingness to invest by many airports and associated suppliers," Mr Meeson added.
Now the summer holidays are approaching, airports are under pressure to get their act together, so things run more smoothly for travellers, and many backpackers, families and tourists do not have to face the same number of cancellations and delays as they did in May and June.
Manchester Airports Group reassured passengers it has hired “hundreds of new colleagues”, saying: “We expect to have the resources we need in place ahead of the busy summer season.”