Travelers have faced “nightmare” queues and canceled flights as millions seek to return from bank holiday trips.

Rail and air passengers were affected by delays on Easter Monday as staff shortages, technology problems and planned engineering works caused more disruption on Sunday. the end of the long holiday weekend.

Those traveling by car are also warned they could face longer-than-usual journeys as more than 3 million people are forecast to hit the road.

Travelers using the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle service from Calais to Folkestone reported “chaos” with long lines of traffic.

Others returning to the UK from Gare du Nord station in Paris faced delays after border control IT issues prevented passengers from boarding trains on Monday morning.

Charlie Daffern from Cheltenham said: “It’s been a nightmare here. We stood in line for check-in/security check for over an hour and a half. Probably an hour to go. ”

Hundreds of passengers lined up during the chaotic Easter


The 36-year-old added: “People are getting very restless and some are panicking when they have a flight to catch from Heathrow this afternoon.”

Loic Kreseski said “hundreds and hundreds” lined up at the station on Easter Monday.

The 25-year-old said: “People are very annoyed by the delay and the fact that you have to stand still for hours. It’s annoying when we know the fare. ”

Eurostar has been approached for comment.

Meanwhile, planned engineering works on the UK’s rail network also mean delays for travellers.

Network Rail says about 5% of rail will be affected by hundreds of ongoing projects over the Easter weekend. This already includes a 4-day closure of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Milton Keynes.

For those traveling by plane, staffing pressure led to flight cancellations, diversions and long queues at airports on Monday.

More than 1,000 passengers who met at Gatwick in the early hours of the morning had to divert their flights after the control tower was closed due to staff shortages due to illness.

A Wizz Air flight from Tel Aviv diverted to Doncaster, while several easyJet planes landed in the East Midlands.

Passengers line up to check in for the Eurostar international rail service


A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said: “A small number of late-night flights have been delayed, canceled or diverted as a result of employee illness affecting night shifts in the airport’s control tower.

“Gatwick would like to apologize to any passengers affected by this disruption. The control tower and the airport have returned to normal since 5:30 am.

At least 20 flights between Scotland’s three biggest airports and London have been canceled by British Airways and easyJet. Ten have been to and from Glasgow, eight serving Edinburgh and two to and from Aberdeen.

British Airways has added 52 departures from Europe to and from Heathrow, while easyJet has canceled Gatwick services to and from Nice, Milan and Ibiza.

Both airlines blamed the level of employee illness. Since the beginning of April, British Airways has canceled more than 1,000 flights while easyJet has canceled more than 500.

Passengers at Manchester, Heathrow and Gatwick airports also had to wait in long lines.

It comes after weeks of chaos at UK airports involving long waits and misplaced bags.

Those traveling by car were also warned of delays on Monday, with the RAC forecasting nearly 4 million motorists on the roads on Monday.

The P&O Dover-Calais ferry has also been suspended throughout the Easter weekend.


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