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Another week has passed of chaos at UK airports, with hundreds of flights canceled and vacationers facing long queues, with reports of waiting of up up to eight hours.

Pent-up demand for travel and staff shortages combine to put pressure on on airports and airlines.

This week “half-term headlines about tourism chaos followed on heels of “Easter Travel Chaos”, and will have left a lot of people with booked summer vacations, especially those associated with flights, bothered them plans may be broken.

Consumer Organization Which? says increasingly heard from people who asking questions such as “can I cancel” and “what are my rights” and in some cases say that with all the chaos, they don’t want to go more.

So what’s the prognosis for this summer? Prospect union which means thousands of aviation personnel, warned on Tuesday that “things could get worse before they get better this summer.” it says shortage of personnel in the industry, with huge addiction on overtime to get day by day.

Rory Boland, editor of Which the? Travel, says this is worth remember that the vast majority of people do not cancel flights and do not miss the plane due to of long queues. But he adds: “This disruption will continue until the summer. The shortage of personnel is felt almost throughout the sector.”

Paul Charles, Executive Director of travel consulting company The PC Agency sees no improvement overnight, but says: “I think that during June we will see a gradual improvement in hiring of workers … Consumers can be sure that by the peak summer period in July, many of these issues will be resolved.”

However, he says what ” government needs to step up on safety approval passes [for workers] Faster”.

Of course not one knows for sure what will happen. Of course, at the moment it is difficult to predict when things will calm down. down.

Don’t book your trip yet?

Tui canceled scores of flying for June until ongoing delays at Manchester Airport. Photograph: Marco Wolf/Alami

“Do sure book where there is free cancellation or at least ability to move in holiday or booking accommodation”, Boland says. “A lot of of firms allow free cancellation or ability to move in holiday”.

You need go in July or August? Quite a bit of people didn’t book their summer holiday yet perhaps because they were waiting to see how pot out.

AT terms of holding onBoland says: “I would definitely say that if you don’t have children of school age [for example], do not think to go until September. Save yourself from pain. Either way, it’s better in Europe in September.” You can also get the best prices and should are less likely of violation, he adds.

A little people change their plans

Poll conducted out last month found that 45% of British vacationers had changed them holiday plans this is year in in face of reduced availability, higher prices, queues and permanent travel restrictions. One in ten of interviewees said queues at airports forced them to change their plans, according to a survey conducted out travel company Holiday Extras.

Travel light and travel early

Paul Charles says what if you haven’t figured it out yet out your flights, try to book “already possible in in the morning” — ideally fly between 6 and 8 am — because you will bypass many of queues.

He also advises people “truly travel light – if you can avoid examination in luggage, it will make a huge difference.” Minimize hand luggage if possible.

Boland does the same – he says what in addition to issue of Check-in queues, many of bags are missing. “If you can leave with hand luggage, do it.

Consider Passports

Her Majesty's Passport Office
There’s been a surge in demand for passport applications, creating huge backlog. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

There are two problems with passports calling problems. If you have booked a trip or are thinking of one to dig the ground out all passports this weekend to check the dates.

Most people probably know that lag of Passport applications and renewals caused months of delays. This week the passport office told applicants allow up up to 10 weeks to get a passport. if you have already applies, you can track your application.

Another issue do it with The validity period of the passport depends on the date of issue. Previously it yearGuardian said. how vacationers caught up in confusion over related to Brexit rules this means that some people with up up to 12 months left on their passport may be banned for travel to many EU countries countries.

European Commission says two rules must be respected with exactly of input. The passport must have been issued within the previous 10 years and must be valid. for at least three months after the date you plan to leave the EU country you are visiting.

Get insurance

With all this chaos, it’s more it’s more important than ever people take out travel insurance.

Boland says ideally you should take it out at the same time you book your trip. Don’t wait for a couple of a few days before departure, as a failure can occur at any time from the time of booking, it adds.

Keri Macmillan website GoCompare says most policies offer coverage for delayed outgoing or incoming trips; Nonetheless requirements for length of delay and what compensation is available may differ.

The better (usually more expensive) policies often include coverage for missed shipments – for for example, you missed your flight because of something like strike. Nonetheless small the printing will be different and it is not clear if they will cover something like chaos this week.

And also the cover for medical care, cancellation, personal liability and loss or stolen luggage, most policies now have a level of coating for Covid that will pay for emergency care and repatriation, Macmillan says.

You almost certainly won’t be able to claim because you’re no longer wish travel and want cancel your holiday.

Matters when the cancellation happens

Passengers queue for    flights at Heathrow Airport.
Passengers queue for flights at Heathrow airport. Photograph: Ben Smith/PA.

Your rights in the event of a flight cancellation depend to some extent on when they give you bad news. When an airline gives more less than 14 days notice of a flight cancellation, he is not required to offer any compensation, but must offer a refund or new flight.

If you booked a return flight, he should refund your money for both legs of your journey, if option You took. You should get back in full cost of tickets.

For flights canceled within 14 days of when you set go you get the same options and maybe compensation too if you choose for alternative flight – how much depends on in distance you were going to fly as well how much later new flight takes off as well as arrives.

compensation is set in law: it ranges from £110 for short haul flight of up to 1500 km (937 miles), which replaces a flight canceled for a period of 7 to 14 days. in in advance and arrives less than two hours later than original booking, up to £520, payable on long distance flight of more more than 3500 km canceled less than seven days before the trip, if new flight arrives more than four hours later than original booking. Departure time also factor.

If your flight is canceled while you are at the airport and you are overbooked on later trip, the airline is obliged give you what the law describes as “reasonable amount of food and drink, remedy for you communicate, hosting if you are redirected next day, as well as transportation to and from your accommodation (or your home).

Meanwhile, when the flight is delayed by more than three hours passengers are entitled compensation of £220 to £520 unless cause there were “extraordinary circumstances”. It is not clearly defined, but may include bad weather and terrorism. Any delay up to three hours I don’t guarantee compensation.

Sometimes airlines won’t pay out. If that happens, some Guardian readers said a complaint to the Civil Aviation Authority would work.

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