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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Making sense of airport chaos, with Giles Whittell

Making sense of airport chaos, with Giles Whittell

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UK aviation is in a state of crisis. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, almost 7,000 flights have been cancelled between January and April 2022, Heathrow is battling with a ‘luggage mountain’ due to a baggage backlog, and holidaymakers’ plans have been scuppered. What is behind the disruption? Consensus is that redundancies during the pandemic have left airlines and airports unable to keep up with an increase in travel as Covid restrictions have been lifted. However, Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, points the finger at the UK Government, claiming staff shortages are due to Brexit being an “abject failure”. Join us as we make sense of what’s going on in UK airports with Giles Whittell. 

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

Simon Calder
Travel Journalist; Travel Correspondent, The Independent