easyJet and British Airways flight cancellations – latest travel updates

Another day of disrupted travel plans is unfolding as airlines announce more cancellations of flights leaving from UK airports.

British Airways cancellations have risen by 20 to 74 today, while easyJet has reduced by six to 52.

The airlines have blamed a shortage of staff due to Covid-related absences.

Spanish holidays are also in jeopardy after Spanish authorities yesterday appeared to reopen to unvaccinated travellers – with a test result – with immediate effect, only to make a U-turn on the rule last night.

On Wednesday the tourist board said Spain had opened up to all UK travellers with immediate effect, saying unjabbed visitors would be able to enter with a negative pre-departure test.

In fact, the tourist board confirmed later, the rule remains that only vaccinated people aged 18 and over are permitted to enter the country. As before, 12-17s can show proof of a negative PCR test to visit.

Pedro Medina, deputy director of the Spanish tourist office in the UK said: “We apologise unreservedly for the miscommunication earlier today which was due to a misunderstanding of the new entry requirements.”

Follow the latest updates below.


Spain loophole for unvaccinated visitors: Proof of recovery

After Spanish tourism officials retracted an announcement opening up to unvaccinated British visitors with a pre-departure test, there remains one way for unjabbed UK travellers to enter Spain: proof of recent recovery from Covid-19.

But the rules are complex. The traveller must have a recovery certificate “issued by the official authorities”. The test must have been “carried out by qualified personnel” – so a self-test result will not be valid.

Official certificates are regarded as being valid for 11 to 180 days after the first positive diagnostic test result.

Simon Calder7 April 2022 08:50


Spain reverses decision to allow unvaccinated visitors

In an extraordinary reversal of an earlier announcement, the Spanish tourist board in London last night withdrew a declaration that the country was opening up to unvaccinated British visitors.

On Wednesday morning the tourist board told press that Spain had opened up to all UK travellers with immediate effect, saying unjabbed visitors would be able to enter with a negative pre-departure test.

But eight hours later travellers were told this was incorrect, and that the announcement resulted from an error of interpretation of the official state bulletin.

Simon Calder 7 April 2022 08:17


All the flights cancelled today

British Airways and easyJet have both been forced to axe a number of flights to and from the UK today.

BA’s cancellations are all domestic and short-haul: routes between Heathrow and Scotland are affected, as are Germany, Netherlands and Sweden services from Heathrow, and some Italian cities.

Meanwhile easyJet has cancelled Gatwick flights to some Italian and French cities, along with some short-haul routes from Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Read the full list of cancellations here:

Simon Calder7 April 2022 07:54


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Lucy Thackray7 April 2022 07:48

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