Travel chaos with cancelled flights and traffic jams in scorching 22C heat

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Millions of Brits have faced chaos during their travel plans – with huge traffic jams and airport carnage as Easter weekend begins.

An estimated 10,000 flights were expected to take off from UK airports between Good Friday and Easter Monday, which is a 500 per cent increase from last year when flights were affected by coronavirus restrictions.

However, the increased demand and staff shortages have seen airports and airlines struggling to cope as chaos ensued overnight.

British Airways and EasyJet cancelled dozens of flights at Heathrow and Gatwick airports today (April 15) while other customers faced hour-long waits to get through security at Manchester and Birmingham airports.

Passengers at Terminal 3 at Heathrow were told they would have to move to Terminal 5 to disembark as Terminal 3 was closed.

However, the nightmare only continued further when passengers returning from abroad had trouble getting their belongings back due to a lack of baggage handlers at some airports.

A YouTuber known as FredStreams warned: “If you are travelling anytime soon, cancel it, I wouldn’t do it.

“We’re at Terminal 5… state-of-the-art airport… they don’t know where the bags are, they don’t know when the bags are coming.”

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However, other methods of travel aren't any better as large crowds also turned up to get the Eurostar at St Pancras station in London last night.

Rail passengers have been warned they will face further disruption as Network Rail carries out 530 engineering projects costing a total of £83m over the weekend.

Lines around Crewe station will be closed along with parts of the railway between Birmingham International station and Coventry.

Those taking to the roads can also expect as the AA predicts 27.6 million car journeys will be made over Easter weekend following the hottest day of 2022 so far.

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The RAC's Rod Dennis also warned: "While much of the country's major roads appear to be running reasonably freely at the moment, Easter getaway traffic is starting to build in certain spots and that is likely to continue through the day."

Traffic has been heaviest on the M20 in Kent following the suspension of P&O ferries between Dover and Calais all weekend.

An overturned lorry has also sparked huge traffic jams on the M6 in Greater Manchester and heavy congestion was reported on the M25 near Heathrow Airport.

The Metropolitan Police said it is unable to offer guidance to travellers hoping to avoid the chaos of extinction rebellion protests though they are expected to ring parts of central London to a standstill over the weekend.

Norman Baker, a former transport minister and an adviser to the Campaign for Better Transport group, added: “They are stuck in the past if they think people don’t travel on weekends and holidays. It is crackers.

"Network Rail needs to get real and change their engineering work processes. It’s about time they started putting passengers first.”

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