How to survive the travel chaos during the Jubilee holidays



Certainly not immune to chaos, Gatwick has seen a string of canceled flights. Last Friday, easyJet canceled more than 200 flights to or from the airport over a 10-day period. The move resulted in the scrapping of 32 flights from Gatwick on Monday, many to key European holiday destinations such as Barcelona, ​​Lisbon and Venice. Two departures this morning (to Rome and Seville) were canceled only one hour before their scheduled departure time.

When should I arrive at the airport?

Some airlines have started sending emails to customers advising them to arrive three hours before departure, even for short-haul flights. However, early risers should be aware that some airports won’t allow you to go through security or drop off your bags until four hours before departure. And as noted above, Bristol Airport claimed too many early arrivals had added to the chaos.

For those determined to arrive at dawn, Heathrow check-in counters and security typically open at 4am, while at Gatwick’s North Terminal security opens at 2am.

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For those worried about potential queues, some airports allow passengers to pay for expedited security (which costs £4 at Manchester and £5 at Stansted). However, in the current circumstances, there’s no guarantee you’ll sail – Manchester passengers previously reported waits of up to two hours, even in the fast lane.

What should I do if check-in or security delays mean I miss my flight?

A growing number of passengers have claimed to have missed flights due to airport wait times in recent months.

Unfortunately, airports are not legally obligated to assist or compensate passengers who miss flights due to baggage drop or security delays. They may try to transfer you to another flight, although there is no guarantee of this.

Stronger travel insurance policies might cover your situation, if you can prove you got to the airport early enough.

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What should I do if my flight is delayed or cancelled?

For delays of three hours or more caused by the airline, you are entitled to a cash payment of £220 for short flights and £350 for a flight of 1,500-3,500 km. For flights over 3,500km you should receive £520 for a three to four hour delay. You are not obliged to take the flight if it is delayed for five hours or more, and you will be entitled to a full refund within seven days. However, compensation does not apply in all cases.

Are ferries and Eurostar services operating normally?

So far no problems have been reported on cross-Channel routes, although services are expected to be busy and passengers are urged to arrive on time.

When will UK roads be busiest during the Jubilee Bank Holiday period?

Staycationers may feel content missing out on the chaos of the airport, but they may still have to contend with extremely busy UK roads during the Jubilee Bank Holiday.

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New figures from the RAC suggest around 20 million leisure trips will be made between Wednesday and Sunday. Friday is expected to be the busiest day on the roads as day trippers combine with families returning home from mid-term vacations.

Meanwhile, data from transport analysts INRIX suggests early departures or postponing rides until later in the day could be the best way to avoid queues, main roads should be particularly busy between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

To break up what can be a painful journey, why not explore the best places to stop near Britain’s busiest motorways.

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