Chaos piles up at British airports

A boy managed to board a Monarch plane without tickets at Gatwick, while Ryanair boss is threatening to sue the British government after further chaos at Stansted, as the UK enters its sixth day of high terror alert.
Tim Jeans, managing director of Monarch Airlines has admitted to “multiple failures” after a 12-year-old was found on the plane without documents on a flight before it took off.

At Heathrow up to 20,000 bags have been lost, while British Airways on Tuesday night had a backlog of 5,000 bags alone.

British Airways is continuing to cancel flights out of Heathrow and Gatwick airport and has now cancelled more than 1,100 flights since last Thursday, while Ryanair has grounded a total of 270 flights since the security terror alert began.

Airlines are blaming the British Airport Authority (BAA) for causing the chaos saying that there has been shortage of security staff.

British Airways are leading others in potentially seeking compensation from BAA for the number of cancelled flights. This could run as high as £300-million ($638-million), based on analysts’ estimates of the airlines’ daily losses.

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CEO of BA, Willie Walsh has said delays at Heathrow were like “a bad dream at Disneyland.”

BA says it plans to operate 90 percent of its full schedule Wednesday. Three longhaul and 32 shorthaul departures have been cancelled by the airline from Heathrow. For further information from BAA click here. And from BA click here.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief executive Giovanni Bisignani has said that the British Airports Authority (BAA) should have requested military help to ensure smooth passenger flows after the security scare.

“In the case of BAA, the airports must have a stronger contingency plan and be more proactive in handling the emergency,” he told Associated Press.

“This is another wake-up call for airports.”


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