Another Storm Causes Travel Chaos For easyJet Passengers

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A week after Storm Ciara hit, Storm Dennis is disrupting flights across the UK. Hundreds of easyJet customers preparing for their half-term holidays have been informed that their flights have been canceled, some with as little as 24 hours notice.

EasyJet airplanes as seen in Amsterdam airport and Polderbaan runway in March 2017.
Storm Dennis has ruined half-term for many UK holidaymakers. Photo: Getty Images

Last week’s storm Ciara caused disruption up and down the UK and Ireland as high winds and flooding affected transport Infrastructure. British Airways canceled numerous flights out of London as a precaution amidst the bad weather. However, it looks like Storm Dennis is having an even bigger impact on air travel.

Bad timing for holidaymakers

Unfortunately for many families with upcoming holiday plans, Storm Dennis has arrived. This coincides with the beginning of the UK February half term holiday week. Half term is the first time many children get time away from school following the Christmas holidays. Because of this, a lot planning and preparation goes into arranging family holidays around this time of year. As so many families in the UK travel abroad at this time of the year, ticket prices are often considerably more expensive.

easyJet’s flight cancellations

As reported yesterday by The Independent, easyJet announced the cancellation of 350 flights over the weekend in preparation for the weather disruption of Storm Dennis. These cancellations have affected flights out of a number of UK airports. Airports include:

  • Luton
  • Gatwick
  • Bristol
  • Southend
  • Newcastle
  • Edinburgh

However, of all the airports listed, London Gatwick has been the worst affected so far, with more than 100 easyJet flights being canceled.

EasyJet aircraft at London Gatwick
EasyJet has cancelled around 350 flights this weekend. Photo: Mike McBey via Flickr

The cancellations have affected flights to popular holiday destinations across Europe and further afield, such as the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco. Storm Dennis has also affected the holiday plans of individuals heading to the ski resorts of the Alps with easyJet canceling a number of flights to Geneva, Switzerland.

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An easyJet spokesperson told Express.co.uk that, “Due to the extreme weather conditions caused by Storm Dennis, it has been necessary for easyJet to cancel some flights over the weekend.”

Alternative options for travelers

easyJet announced most of the flight cancellations pre-emptively in order to avoid even more severe disruption on the day. But, according to reports by The Independent, many affected passengers feel that the communication from the airline was somewhat lacking.

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EasyJet (Unicef livery), G-EJAR, Airbus A319
Storm Dennis has arrived a week after Storm Ciara battered the UK and Ireland. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr

In once case, an easyJet customer says that they didn’t receive an email about their flight cancellation, instead only finding out after they checked the easyJet app for updates. An easyJet spokesperson told Express.co.uk that passengers have a number of options in the event of flight cancellations.

“Affected passengers are being given the option of receiving a refund, transferring their flight free of charge, or re-routing.”

Unfortunately for passengers whose holiday plans have been ruined as a result of the Storm Dennis flight cancellations, compensation is not available because the cancellations were made as a result of circumstances outside the airline’s control.

Have your plans been disrupted by Storm Dennis? Let us know in the comments.

Simple Flying has reached out to easyJet with a request for comment on the disruptions caused by Storm Dennis. The airline has not yet been available to respond, but we will update the article once we receive more information.

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