London Southend offers to host flights cancelled by under pressure airports

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London Southend Airport has extra capacity.  (PA)
London Southend Airport has extra capacity. (PA)

London Southend Airport has contacted airlines offering to host flights being cancelled by busier airports.

Hundreds of flights have been scrapped amid airport staff shortages and the demand from post covid holidaymakers heading overseas.

Heathrow has come under severe pressure with long queues and baggage piled up in disruption last month. The airport has capped the number of passengers allowed to use the airport to 100,000 per day and banned airlines from selling more tickets.

The chief executive of Southend Airport Glyn Jones said that the airport had made the offer of taking flights from Heathrow and Garwick.

Meanwhile the airport tweeted: “Similar to our post a few days ago, @SouthendAirport is enjoying the opportunity of hosting flights that other London airports aren’t currently able to handle.

Thousands of flights have been cancelled by airlines and airports so far this summer as the industry struggles to scale back up and re-recruit all the staff that were let go during the pandemic.

The move has left many travellers anxious about their plans as the school holidays get under way.

Meanwhile Gatwick Airport said last week has hired 400 new security staff in recent weeks to help ease queues.

Bosses said more staff are being recruited in a move aimed at reducing pressure on the airport as it goes into the busy school summer holiday period.

Gatwick is also trying to increase awareness about placing liquids in a clear bag, separate from hand luggage, to reduce delays at security.

Chief operating officer Adrian Witherow said: “With passenger numbers rapidly returning to 2019 levels, we expect to be busy, particularly at peak times such as weekends and the forthcoming school summer holidays.

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