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Simon Calder on easyJet, flight cancellations and passport issues

Wholesale flight cancellations, passport expiry worries and US Covid restrictions: as June will get beneath manner, travellers have loads of issues.

Our journey correspondent, Simon Calder, has been answering as many as he can in our newest Ask Me Anything.

easyJet worries

Q: If my outbound flight with easyJet will get cancelled and I’ve to guide with a special airline and declare again from easyJet, what occurs to the return portion of the easyJet flight? Should I guide a single or return flight with the totally different airline?

Also, generally I guide outbound with one airline and again with one other. What occurs in that scenario if the outbound flight is cancelled?


A: Britain’s largest finances airline, easyJet, is cancelling round 40 flights a day to, from and inside the UK. Most are to and from London Gatwicokay, however Belfast, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and different airports are additionally affected.

As you trace, anybody whose flight is cancelled is entitled to journey on the identical day – and if easyJet can not present the flight, then you may guide on one other provider and cost the associated fee to the airline that cancelled your flight.

But when you have booked with easyJet, your inbound flight will routinely be preserved until you select to desert the entire journey and declare a full refund. So please don’t guide a spherical journey with a brand new airline until you have got been informed, by easyJet, that your return leg can be cancelled. If the unique homeward flight takes off, easyJet won’t be inclined to refund you.

(At the chance of overcomplicating issues, I really feel obliged to level out that “legacy” airways equivalent to British Airways usually cancel each legs if you don’t journey on the outbound leg.)

The different state of affairs you define is more and more widespread. With a lot duplication on routes between the massive airways, it is going to typically make sense to guide (say) outbound on easyJet and again on BA, or out on Ryanair and return on Jet2.

Suppose the primary leg is cancelled and also you select to cancel the entire journey. The returning airline (in my examples, British Airways or Jet2) won’t care that easyJet or Ryanair had been unable to take you out. The seat is there, and the truth that you may’t be will not be the airline’s fault. So all issues being equal (which they hardly ever are in aviation), it’s usually price reserving out and again with the identical provider.

Q: Easyjet cancelled our Belfast to Corfu flight with half an hour’s discover. We got no assist other than the app so we cancelled our reserving. Can they cost us for the return Corfu to Belfast flight? Thanks

Kim Rey

A: I used to be so sorry to see that Britain’s largest finances airline cancelled this flight on the weekend – as a result of getting individuals from Northern Ireland to this Greek island is all the time going to be very troublesome if a direct flight is cancelled.

Of course easyJet will provide you with a full refund for your complete spherical journey. (Note that for those who had booked with separate airways that may not be the case.) And pay everybody £350 in money compensation on prime of that.

Q: We are as a result of fly out from Belfast to Gatwick on Sunday evening with Easyjet for our flight to Jamaica with TUI on Monday morning for our yr and a half delayed honeymoon. Easyjet have cancelled our flight slot 2 weeks in a row so we’re anxious it will likely be cancelled this week nevertheless Easyjet wont say something. If we cant get to Gatwick for our TUI flight do we now have any choices? They aren’t a part of the identical reserving because it isn’t potential right here in Northern Ireland to guide as a single journey. Our flight to Gatwick is the final flight out, and our Jamaica flight is early the subsequent morning.

Matthew McG

A: Ouch. A really tough place to be in. In your place, I feel, given the character of your journey and the potential draw back, reserving further flights for earlier on Sunday (both from Belfast or Dublin) may very well be rational. But they’re ferociously costly. So, get to the airport good and early, watch to see if the unique flight leaves Gatwick, and be ready to purchase at very excessive fares another departure if it doesn’t. easyJet ought to pay this again.

Q: Due to go to Paris on Saturday 4 June with EasyJet 1725 flight. Only going till sixth, so if flight is cancelled and even delayed by a lot it is going to break it. Also we will cancel resort totally free however solely till 2nd June, so if flight cancelled after, we’d lose the resort cash. Any recommendation?

Should add the resort price is far more than the flights, so we’re questioning if we should always simply reduce our loses & lose flight cash slightly than run the chance of shedding price of resort?


A: I’m unsure the place you might be flying from; if not Gatwick, then there’s a small likelihood that your flight could also be cancelled. In any occasion, most EasyJet cancellations are coming with a number of days discover, so that may offer you time to cancel your resort if want be.

If it’s an on the day cancellation, I reckon you’ll in all probability nonetheless nearly have time to search out another flight to the French capital – and, whether it is from a London airport, Eurostar affords an possibility. But in your place I might be merely wanting ahead to the journey.

Q: Are easyJet making any touch upon how they suppose the summer season routes will pan out. Will there be extra cancellations?


A: Not but. Clearly easyJet need to get by to the top of half time period and, from six June onwards reassess how a lot of the operation they will safely plan to run. It could be that they’ve bought additional employees in coaching, or awaiting safety clearance, and that issues will enhance briskly. I actually hope that’s the case.

Q: I’ve  a flight from London Gatwick to Zurich on easyJet in three days’ time. As of now I’ve acquired no messages concerning any change/cancellation.

What are the probabilities that It will go forward?


A: My understanding is that cancellations by easyJet are being made a number of days forward, so I hope your flight will probably be unaffected. A great way to check whether or not the airline is assured of working your journey is to make a dummy reserving for it: if the flight is displaying as having house obtainable, then there’s a superb likelihood it will likely be operating usually.

There could also be some on the day disruption, however that’s low likelihood. If it will get cancelled, then happily you may rebook from Heathrow on British Airways or Swiss, at easyJet’s expense – with BA itself cancelling many flights from Heathrow, Swiss might be a protected

Q: Is the scenario prone to be any higher in six weeks time for the beginning of the summer season holidays? We’re travelling on the finish of July on a package deal cope with easyJet flights.


A: I very a lot hope issues will enhance by July. Certainly, easyJet will probably be doing every little thing it presumably can to keep away from on-the-day cancellations. The most vital danger I can see is that easyJet reluctantly scales again its plans for peak summer season and that some holidays are cancelled – in simply the identical manner that Tui has proactively grounded virtually 200 outbound flights in June in a bid to guard the remaining journeys.

Q: How is Luton Airport faring with all of the latest cancellations?

Gavin C

A: We’ve seen a number of cancellations on easyJet, however nothing on the size of Gatwick. In your place I might not fear one bit about my flight going forward.

Compensation quandaries

Q: BA rejected my EU compensation declare saying “Your claim’s been refused because BA0761 [Oslo to Heathrow] on 27 February was cancelled because Operational Reasons”.

Should I settle for it?

Tom N

A: Only when British Airways has upped its response and defined precisely the character of these “Operational Reasons”. Only then are you able to assess whether or not it is a affordable excuse. So get again to BA and request extra info.

Q: My father was booked to fly from Salzburg to Birmingham this Saturday. Yesterday he acquired an SMS message saying the reserving is cancelled and {that a} refund had been issued. There was no supply to assist him make different preparations. Is he entitled to compensation on prime of a refund?

Neil F

A: The airline’s angle is just unacceptable. When an airline cancels a flight, it’s obliged to offer the choices of a refund or another flight – in your father’s case, again to Birmingham, which might in all probability contain a connection in Frankfurt, or taking a prepare to Munich and flying from there. It is your father’s alternative, not the airline’s.

Since the cancellation was made lower than two weeks earlier than departure, he’s additionally due money compensation of £220.

Passport issues

Q: I’m as a result of fly to Cyprus on 9 June and can return on 17 June. My passport was issued on 20 June 2012 and runs out on 20 September 2022. Will I nonetheless be alright to journey?

A: Just! Only three days to spare however all good. Have a stunning vacation.

Q: I’m as a result of fly to Greece on 9 June, returning 16 June, my passport difficulty date is 15 July 2012 and expiry date is 15 January 2023, is my passport legitimate for journey?

Worried Traveller

A: Travel out any day to 14 July 2022, keep for as much as 90 days.

Q: Can you discover out if Montenegro make the passport legitimate 3 months from the expiry date like most of Europe and never 3 months from 10 years of difficulty date. Getting conflicting recommendation and entry requirement web site doesn’t state which. Thanks


A: The Foreign Office says that Montenegro is aligned with the European Union/Schengen space, ie with two assessments:

  • Issued lower than 10 years in the past on date of outward journey.
  • Expires at the very least 3 months after supposed date of return.

Q: Family of 4 as a result of fly on 26 June. Passport workplace have had three of our passports for over seven weeks. I can not get by by cellphone and don’t obtain any replies from emails. I’m turning into more and more anxious, what extra can I do?


A: I’m not stunned you’re turning into anxious. You clearly utilized in time to get your passport – complying with the ten weeks that HM Passport Office says you’ll want.

First, after 10 weeks (which I make 21 June) you may cellphone and demand escalation. Next, for those who miss your vacation and it’s the duty of the authorities, you may declare compensation. But I fervently hope and anticipate you’ll make it.

Q: Please assist. My daughter’s passport difficulty date is 6 August 2012. Expiry date 6 November 2022. Due to fly to Kos 1 June and returning 11 June. Is the passport legitimate? Tui says no.


A: What? Tell Tui, from me, that she will journey out to, and stay in, the European Union as much as and together with 6 August 2022. Please ship something you may to s@hols.television suggesting in any other case and I’ll examine.

American adventures

Q: Off to California finish of July. What’s your opinion on finish to maddening pre-departure assessments for absolutely vaccinated travellers by then?


A: As I’ve beforehand mentioned: the US authorities has been baffling in the best way that it has imposed Covid journey restrictions of varied varieties. The authorities lifted the ban on Brits solely in November 2021, simply because the lowest of seasons started. So I predict this requirement will probably be lifted a while after peak summer season season ends, in all probability in October.

Q: After practically three years’ absence I’m flying with my household to the US on 13 August. As the foundations stand in the intervening time we require a covid check 1 day earlier than departure. Have you heard any rumblings on whether or not the USA CDC will doubtless abolish this rule? Secondly, if the rule stays, would you suggest reserving a covid check now for 12 August, and if that’s the case are there any firms you’d suggest as being sturdy of their method and suppleness ought to adjustments happen to the testing guidelines.


A: Flying on August 13? I’d be reserving a Covid check possibly on August 11. Or presumably the next day. I simply use whichever airport service is really helpful by your airline, as a result of you’ll virtually actually get a reduction code.

Q: We are a pair planning to fly to Florida in early May subsequent yr and staying for two weeks and I puzzled for those who had any recommendation about the very best time to guide flights to get the very best deal? Many thanks to your assist.


A: I’d be wanting per week earlier than departure. Low-ish season, numerous availability. The solely exception – if there’s a wonderful seat sale in, say, January with a wonderful value.

Q: I’m trying to guide flights for Florida subsequent Easter faculty hols. They have simply been realised for KLM/Virgin however are presently dearer than summer season flights this yr (£1700-plus per individual for Easter 22 / £1200ish for August 21). I knew they’d be costly however appears loopy! Do you suppose these will come down in value if we wait until a bit nearer earlier than reserving?

A:  I wouldn’t dream of shopping for flights at these costs for subsequent Easter! Personally, I might wait till February 2023 to see how the market appears to be like. As you’ll know, there are numerous methods of attending to Florida and all types of airways will give you affordable offers through their respective hubs. So ask me once more in February.

Jab journeys

Q: I’m a UK citizen. I acquired my two vaccinations and a booster final October, so 10 months earlier than I’ll journey to France in June.

Do I have to have an antigen check earlier than travelling to fulfill EU guidelines? I’ve appeared however I’m unsure. The European guidelines discuss in regards to the two jabs and 9 months but it surely’s unclear to me if having the booster means the jabs inside 9 months rule not applies?

Nic Crocker

A: Thanks for the possibility to make this clear: just about with out exception, and positively for France and different key European places, your booster comes with no expiry connected. That could change, however not earlier than your journey subsequent month.

Tui’s troubles

Q: We are as a result of fly Tui Manchester to Preveza on Sun fifth June. Is there anyplace we will discover out which flights they’re going to cancel so we will rebook various journey preparations if mandatory?


A: My understanding is that Tui has informed everybody affected by its mass cancellations between now and the top of June that their vacation is off. So for those who haven’t heard, you have to be positive.

Q: I’m flying with Tui from Gatwick this Friday, package deal vacation and the flight is at 6:10am. i learn that the earliest flights are these most in danger and that folks hold shedding baggage too. how do i ease my anxiousness about all of this? will it go forward even?

Wise Owlbie

A: Really sorry to listen to that you’re anxious, my sturdy prediction is that your journey will probably be completely positive. Contrary to your assertion, I feel the later your flight is scheduled for the extra likelihood that it received’t occur. Disruption can very simply construct through the day, resulting in the chance that the crew on closing sectors can go “out of hours”.

Q: We are presently in Majorca on a Tui package deal vacation and as a result of return residence on Saturday flying to Doncaster. We are involved we going to both severally delayed on the airport at Palma for hours or flight be cancelled or moved to a different day. Please are you able to share what are our rights


A: Your flight needs to be completely positive. If you might be caught at Palma airport, then you can be entitled to meals and drinks as applicable after two hours, and if it’s the airways fault then money compensation as properly after three hours. But I might offer you odds of 99 per cent that it’ll function usually.

Any different enterprise?

Q: Any musts for twenty-four hours in a Bucharest?


A: Lucky you – nice metropolis. The Communist period structure is boggling, and what’s left of the previous city is simply beautiful.

Q: We are scheduled to fly to Antalya on 13 June with SunSpecific. Do you suppose we will probably be good to go?


A: Yes, the Turkish carriers all appear to be working flat out and conserving to schedule have an awesome journey. Good airline, I perceive.

Q: Flying to Pisa from Birmingham on Saturday 4th June at 6.30am with How doubtless are we to have the ability to fly?


A: Jet2 had a number of issues at Bristol and Manchester final weekend, however normally they’ve been performing extraordinarily properly – as have Ryanair. In your place, the one factor I might be feeling confused about is having to rise up ridiculously early to get that flight. Have an awesome journey.

Q: I’m as a result of fly with BA from Gatwick to Lanzarote on Thursday. I had an electronic mail a number of weeks in the past, cancelling my return flight & was given the choice to return with Iberia (not preferrred as not a direct flight however at the very least it’s a flight). With all of the cancellations occurring at Gatwick, do you have got any perception into whether or not all BA cancellations are pre-planned or is there I danger that my outbound flight may very well be cancelled final minute, a la EasyJet? Thanks!

Roma Gee

A: Considering it’s successfully a brand-new airline, British Airways’ Gatwick Airport short-haul operation (BA EuroFlyer) is performing fairly properly, with only a handful of cancellations. I might be feeling assured proper now.

Q: Should I drive to the south of France as an alternative of flying?

Jersey Crapaud

A: Certainly not. Flying is implausibly protected, driving by France is unfortunately a danger area expertise. If you need to keep away from airport hazards, then journey by France by prepare.

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