Passengers hoping to take one in every of 11,000 flights over the four-day Financial institution Vacation weekend have been caught up in delays attributable to ongoing workers shortages.
Drivers discovered themselves snared up in “automobile park” situations as an estimated 19 million motorists took to the roads for the lengthy break.
Rail travellers to the Continent have been additionally held up after Eurostar providers have been disrupted by a deadly accident on a line in France.
The turmoil got here after holidaymakers have been warned to take only one carry-on bag to assist carriers lower down the time spent checking individuals in.
Andy Prendergast, nationwide secretary of GMB union, mentioned: “It’s one much less factor to fret about.
“If individuals can examine in on-line and don’t take luggage, that limits the disruption. It’s not a magic bullet but it surely does cut back the possibility of there being issues.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has accused the airways – who shed 1000’s of staff through the pandemic – of promoting too many holidays then failing to plan for the additional enterprise.
However Mr Prendergast referred to as his feedback “disingenuous” and added: “This sadly was a foreseeable drawback.
“It was one we warned about on the level at which the mass redundancies have been made.”
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Journey, urged the Authorities and Civil Aviation to intervene if airways failed their passengers.
“The Financial institution Vacation Jubilee weekend is supposed to be a time of celebration and has given many individuals an opportunity to take their first vacation overseas in years.
“However as a substitute it’s bringing stress for 1000’s of passengers who’re dealing with painfully lengthy airport queues to get away.
“The shameful scenes at UK airports this half time period are the results of an business wherein some airways really feel they will get away with ignoring client rights and performing with close to impunity. “
Flight monitoring firm Cirium mentioned at the very least 377 flights affecting Financial institution Vacation weekend and the college half-term break had been cancelled since final Friday.
Tui had cancelled six flights every day, BA cancelled greater than 120 Heathrow brief haul providers and easyJet withdrew at the very least 36 home and European flights at Gatwick.
The AA mentioned the heaviest site visitors got here within the morning as consumers stocked up at supermarkets and households went to Platinum Jubilee occasions.
However drivers took to social media to report jams on motorways together with the M25, M4 and M5, and main roads just like the A39 in Cornwall, which was closed following an accident close to Wadebridge.
Within the north-west, they warned that site visitors had floor to a halt on the M6 northbound as day-trippers headed to the Lancashire coast, Cumbria and the Lake District.
Tim Duckworth tweeted yesterday morning: “If you happen to’re planning a visit to The Fylde Coast or The Lakes, and also you’re not already on the M6, overlook it. It’s a carpark.”
Charlotte Taylor added: “Positively most popular my final journey up the M6. Nightmare site visitors.”
However an AA spokesman mentioned callouts to their rescue providers have been beneath what was anticipated and a lot of the heavy site visitors had cleared by the afternoon.
“It fitted the sample of what we anticipated with individuals procuring or going out to jubilee occasions, however being off the roads by afternoon.”
Eurostar apologised to passengers who have been “experiencing disruptions” after the accident and warned them to hunt recommendation from workers in the event that they missed connecting providers because of this.