It’s the last day for airlines using UK airports to cancel flights without fear of penalty as part of an effort to give reassurance to passengers who are understandably nervous about their long-awaited summer break.

The so-called slot amnesty was announced by the government last month when it became clear the sector could not guarantee a smooth summer holiday after months of disruption.

Return of international travel without restrictions, COVID has proven to be a challenge for airports and many airlines across Europe because they lack the staff to handle the high demand for flights.

This has led to massive frustration, especially during school holidays and bank holiday weekends, with passengers having to wait long queues, delays and last-minute cancellations.

Some airlines and airports have introduced their own capacity cuts in an attempt to improve the situation.

Figures from industry regulator the CAA show around 10,000 – or 1.6% – of flights were canceled in the first five months of the year.

Since then, the airlines have been accused of failure to fulfill their obligations to passengers by consumer group Which?.

He spoke out about the behavior of airlines towards their customers in general, but referred complaints to the industry regulator against both BA and easyJet, the UK airlines which have cut the most services from their schedules this year amid a battle to increase numbers workers.

Last month, the government granted an amnesty, giving carriers just over two weeks to temporarily reclaim any take-off and landing slots they cannot use.

Under normal circumstances, they usually lose unused slots.

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During the amnesty BA announced several circle incisions to flights affecting tens of thousands of passengers, mainly due to flights from Heathrow and Gatwick.

The latest, revealed on Wednesday, meant that 13% of the summer schedule would not fly this year.

The airline said the latest cancellations would affect its least popular routes to better protect holiday flights.

EasyJet, like BA, has also been cutting flights in advance at fairly old rates in recent months, but has faced particular criticism for last-minute cancellations.

It is understood to have used the amnesty to cut around 11,000 more services, while its chief operating officer abruptly quit earlier this week.

EasyJet has no plans to cut additional services as it works with affected passengers to secure their summer travel.

https://news.sky.com/story/flight-cancellation-amnesty-deadline-day-could-place-more-services-in-peril-12647676

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