easyJet, Ryanair, BA cancel flights after air traffic control chaos

More than 200 flights in and out of the UK have been cancelled on Tuesday, following Monday’s air traffic control chaos.

Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet and British Airways have all cancelled flights as disruption from the “technical failure” continues.

easyJet has cancelled more than 80 flights with 36 of the affected journeys from Gatwick Airport. Edinburgh, Manchester and Luton are also affected.

A spokesperson for the airline said: “Due to the UK Air Traffic Control systems failure yesterday causing disruption to flights to and from the UK, some flights this morning have been unable to operate due to aircraft being out of base and yesterday’s delays having an impact on crew rest requirements.”

British Airways has cancelled more than 60 flights on Tuesday, with mostly short-haul journeys from London Heathrow affected.

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The Independent reports that the airline has ditched its ‘middle seat empty’ policy for Club Europe passengers.

Business class travellers usually have an empty seat next to them under the policy but this has been scrapped to try to fill every plane.

Ryanair has grounded about 40 departures while Jet2 has cancelled over 20 flights, with a full list of affected journeys available here.

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LNER, which operates trains on the UK’s East Coast main line between London, Newcastle and Scotland, is offering free journeys to passengers left stranded by the chaos.

TransPennine is also offering free rail travel for passengers who arrive at a different airport to their intended destination.

The chaos was caused by a “technical” issue which affected air traffic control. Although the issue was resolved on Monday afternoon, travel expert Simon Calder warned chaos could continue for the rest of the week.

Airports such as London Heathrow and Gatwick operate under tight schedules and delays can quickly cause huge disruption.

Passengers with a cancelled flight have a right to request an alternative flight if one is available or a refund.

Tourists are entitled to a hotel room and meals in some circumstances and should be reimbursed if they have to pay for it themselves.

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