Brit summer holiday warning – easyJet tells passengers to expect more flight delays next year | The Sun

HOLIDAYMAKERS are being warned to expect more flight delays next year due to the ongoing closure of Ukraine airspace.

British travellers have already had their trips abroad disrupted this year due to Covid restrictions and staff shortages.

Delayed flights, lost baggage and huge airport queues were the norm this summer, with many families being forced to even miss their holidays.

EasyJet chief commercial officer Sophie Dekkers has warned that disruptions could continue next year for airlines due to the closed airspace over Ukraine.

She told MPs in the Transport Select Committee: "We can assume the squeeze on air traffic outside of eastern European airspace will not change anytime soon, so we need to prepare for the fact further ATC delays on route are going to be a bigger impact."

She added that this is likely to affect any flights traveling through southern Europe.

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They warned travel was still "uncertain," citing "economic headwinds, a new wave of Covid, and the escalating situation in Ukraine".

British Airways has already cancelled 10,000 flights this winter, affecting two million passengers until March 2023.

It's not just flights that will be affected by delays next year.

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Doug Bannister, chief executive of the Port of Dover said Brits can expect "significant and continued disruption for a very long time" at the border.

The EU is due to introduce a new Entry-Exit System in May with travellers having to undergo a series of biometric checks including fingerprints and captured facial images.

It will mean every passenger in a vehicle arriving at the port will have to register for the new system, sparking fresh fears of travel chaos and miles of queues.

He said: "As it stands, we do not have a solution that will work in a very busy ferry terminal."

He previously explained: "Even at the busiest times right now, with new post-Brexit rules, passport checks are taking 45 to 90 seconds per car.

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"With the pre-registration involved a car with a family of four or five in it could take up to 10 minutes."

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