Summer holiday fears as travel disruption set to last for months – with more airport chaos and flights cancelled

BRITS with summer holidays abroad are likely to face cancelled flights and airport queues, with the current chaos lasting for MONTHS.

Thousands of families have had their trips disrupted in recent days, with airlines reducing their schedules and airports still struggling to reduce queue times.

Airport union Prospect's general secretary Mike Clancy said the current chaos had a "really damaging impact" on holidaymakers and was unlikely to be solved by next month.

He told BBC: "It would be difficult to give anybody the confidence at the present minute, that we are going to be okay by the school holidays in July."

He added that the problems are caused by low wages and too many cuts to staff.

Mr Clancy added: "The problems we are seeing today are the result of a failed business model, unable to cope with any level of stress in the system.

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"Unless the government and employers can come up with a sustainable long term plan for the aviation industry, that supports jobs and skills, then it is hard to see the situation improving."

And travel editor Rory Boland said: "We're already seeing very long queues, widespread chaos at airports, huge stress for people planning to get away, and we haven't hit the peak yet."

One dad told The Sun he had booked for Crete in the first week of the school holidays in late July but has now been warned of ­possible problems by TUI.

Trying to arrange alternative flights with easyJet, he said: “This will send a shudder down every parent’s spine.

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“Millions of families are desperate for some sunshine. But this admission that they can’t guarantee our flights in late July shows this isn’t just a problem for this half-term.”

Thousands of Brits have also been stranded abroad – missing important exams and work – after airlines cancelled their flights, and were unable to book them on return ones.

Hundreds of flights are being cancelled every day by major UK airlines.

EasyJet has cancelled at least 50 flights today, affecting passengers travelling from Gatwick, Bristol and Luton Airport.

TUI is reducing their flight schedule this month, affecting roughly six flights a day, while British Airways pre-cancelled 124 flights today.

This is part of their own schedule reduction, affecting 16,000 flights between March and October.

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And Wizz Air has cancelled a number of flights today, after confirming they were suspending routes from Doncaster Sheffield.

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