80 flights canceled by easyJet on Sunday as travel problems continue for thousands of people

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People traveling to and from the UK faced more disruption with flights canceled by easyJet and Wizz Air on Sunday. Despite the continuing chaos, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has rejected suggestions to call in the military or relax Brexit rules to allow European aviation workers into the UK.

In a statement, easyJet said: “We are truly sorry and fully understand the disruption this will have caused to our customers.

“We are doing everything we can to transport them as quickly as possible to their destination.”

The BBC reported that the airline said the cancellations, which include flights to Gatwick from Spain, France, Northern Ireland, Portugal and Scotland, come amid “the ongoing difficult operating environment”. . A smaller number of BA and Wizz Air flights to Gatwick were also canceled on Sunday.

Earlier today, Grant Shapps said cheaper labor could not always be the solution to the sector’s difficulties and argued that the aviation industry had “cut too much” by laying off staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked if he would temporarily allow more foreign workers into the industry to ease staffing pressures, the Transport Secretary told the BBC’s Sunday morning show: ‘The answer cannot not always be to reach the lever marked “More immigration”.

“In fact, in Europe, they have exactly the same problems. If you look at the problems they are having in Amsterdam this weekend, there are problems all over Europe.

“There’s no attraction that’s going to relieve that.”

On solving the problems, he said: “The industry itself has to solve it, the government doesn’t run the airports, they don’t run the airlines – the industry has to.

“We have, of course, provided £8bn of sector support, plus all that furlough money.

“So the decision to fire at the end was the decision of the airlines and in hindsight they cut too much on that, but they’re rehiring.”

He also said he had not anticipated the arrival of the army. He said: “The army is not an instant solution to all problems.

“Secondly, they are deployed in increasing numbers in Eastern Europe, in the Baltic countries, in a war situation and that is mainly why the army is there.

“Airports and airlines will have to deal with this problem. The government will give them full support, but I don’t expect that to include calling in the army.

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