The mayhem of the airport continued on Sunday as images emerged of customers forced to sleep upstairs, surrounded by cramped queues and mountains of abandoned luggage.
Britons have been warned to prepare for a summer of “major disruption” after British Airways ground staff voted in favor of strike action at the airline’s Heathrow hub.
But despite warnings of a looming crisis, pictures taken on Sunday at UK airports appear to show the country’s tourist hubs already within the sights of storm.
Images show piles of bags tied up by ground staff at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and passengers forced to sleep on the floor of Manchester Airport.
More pictures in Sun shows people trying to sleep on the floor at London’s Stansted Airport with their luggage towed.
Complaints regarding the huge queues at both airports have flooded Twitter, with one user describing the scene at the former airport as “chaotic”.
The upcoming strike action will involve around 700 workers, which the GMB Union said “probably during the peak of the summer break”.
The airline said: “Holiday manufacturers face major disruptions due to the investment by British Airways.
Meanwhile, No 10 said further strikes would “only add to the misery that passengers face at airports”. A spokesman promised to “look into any contingency measures BA can put in place” to address the action.
The current airport chaos, which has caused delays and cancellations, is “entirely Brexit related”, the airline’s boss Ryanair said earlier this week.
Michael O’Leary said Brexit was a “huge failure” and claimed labor shortages were the cause of disruption at UK airports – adding: “This government cannot regulate run a sweets shop.”
It came in response to remarks by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who denied Brexit was the cause of the ongoing travel disasters, instead accusing airlines of being “oversold”. severe” flights since the Covid pandemic.
When asked about the minister’s comment, the Ryanair executive bluntly said Sky news: “It is completely Brexit related. A lot of these hard points would be solved very quickly if we could bring in European workers.
“We are so constrained and constrained by a government that we want to show Brexit as a success, when it was a catastrophic failure. It will not allow us to put EU workers in these jobs. “
He added: “If we can’t get people to do those jobs, like baggage handling like security at airports, we’ll have to bring in workers from Ireland or the continent to do them – and Brexit is one of the big problems. bugbears in the system. “
Mr O’Leary warned that delays and cancellations would continue “throughout the summer” as airports face problems amid staff shortages.
He pointed to a lack of air traffic control, baggage handling and security staff.
The airline boss said passengers should be prepared for a “poorly satisfying experience”, with flights delayed due to prolonged peak season and some airlines canceling between 5% and 10% of flights. fly.