Up to 180,000 passengers are believed to have been affected by EasyJet’s summer flight cancellations.
On 10 July 2023 it was confirmed that the airline had been forced to cancel thousands of flights, impacting travel to and from Gatwick Airport in July, August and September 2023.
Why is EasyJet canceling flights?
EasyJet had to cancel 1,700 flights as a precaution.
The airline hopes this will avoid daily last-minute cancellations.
The flights were canceled due to a series of “challenging conditions”.
These include restricted airspace after the war in Ukraine and strikes across the travel sector.
What did EasyJet say?
An EasyJet spokesman told The Sun they are currently operating around 1,800 flights a day, but factors including the war in Ukraine and air traffic control strikes have forced them to cancel the flight this summer.
They said: “As Eurocontrol has explained, the entire industry is facing challenging conditions this summer as airspace is becoming ever tighter due to the war in Ukraine, leading to unprecedented air traffic control delays and further potential air traffic control strike action .”
“We have therefore made some pre-emptive adjustments to our program and consolidated a small number of flights at Gatwick where we operate multiple daily flights to mitigate these external travel day challenges for our customers and to continue operating around 90,000 flights this year.” Period.”
Can you claim your money back for canceled flights?
While numerous EasyJet flights have been cancelled, around 95 percent of passengers have been diverted to alternative flights.
However, this still leaves around 9,000 passengers without a replacement flight.
An EasyJet spokesman told The Sun that those affected can claim their money back.
They said: “Customers whose flights have been affected will be informed, with 95 per cent of customers rebooked on an alternative flight and all customers given the option to rebook or receive a refund.”
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Passengers whose flights are canceled less than two weeks in advance and who have not booked a similar flight can receive flight compensation of up to £220.
Compensation of up to £350 can be claimed for flights over 1,500km.
In the meantime, EasyJet travelers who accept a change of date can claim any additional accommodation and meal costs from the airline.