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United Kingdom: government on airline chaos

Sunak: "It is important that companies honor their obligations towards passengers"

The British government asked air carriers operating in the United Kingdom to assist stranded passengers In the past few hours. It appened after a technical problem with the national traffic management information system caused the collapse of the country's air transport sector, with heavy disruption for two days across Europe. At least 1100 flights canceled and hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded at the airport since Monday. 

"I know how frustrating the situation is for families stranded at airports. It is important that airlines honor their obligations to passengers regarding accommodation and flights back home. The Transport Secretary has pledged to make sure airlines honor their obligations and support passengers to the best of their ability", said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

The disruptions due to the collapse of air traffic on Monday continued for two days. According to the director general of the International Air Transport Association (Iata), Willie Walsh, the chaos caused additional costs of around 115 million euros. To limit the effects of the "technical failure", British Airways canceled some flights yesterday, while EasyJet organized additional flights to repatriate customers stranded in various European destinations. 

On the topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency