Leeds Bradford Airport issues urgent warning to passengers

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Customers at airports across the UK have experienced flight delays, cancellations, long queues, baggage handling problems and a lack of in-flight catering in recent months.

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Staff shortages and other post-pandemic factors have caused travel disruptions since the May midterm.

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Leeds Bradford Airport has urged passengers worried about queues to avoid arriving more than three hours before their flight.

Here’s everything you need to know:

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What did Leeds Bradford Airport say?

In a statement on its website, the airport warns: “We are currently experiencing longer wait times for our security process, we would recommend arriving no earlier than three hours before departure to allow adequate time for security screening.”

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Where is Leeds Bradford Airport?

Yorkshire Airport is between Leeds and Bradford.

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The full address is Whitehouse Lane, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7TU.

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Which airlines fly from Leeds Bradford Airport?

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The following airlines depart from the airport:

  • Air Lingus
  • aurgin
  • Holidays in the Balkans
  • British Airways
  • FlyBe
  • Jet2
  • Jet2 Holidays
  • KLM
  • Ryanair
  • TUI Airways
  • inghams
  • Enter air
  • Eastern Airlines
  • easyJet

Have flights been canceled at the airport today?

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No cancellations are currently showing on the Leeds Bradford Airport website.

Why did Jet2 blast the airport chaos?

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Jet2 has slammed the “inexcusable” airport chaos as the holiday company warned its performance in the current year will depend on how quickly services can return to normal.

The group said it was “directly affected” by the disruption as it revealed the problems caused by airports and suppliers that were “woefully ill-prepared and poorly resourced”.

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It said customers should have had a “much worse experience” than they should have, with passengers hit by flight delays, cancellations, long queues, baggage-handling problems and a lack of in-flight catering.

Jet2 said: “The Group’s performance for the financial year ended 31 March 2023 is very dependent on how quickly the broader aviation sector returns to some degree of stability and the strength of bookings for the remainder of the summer and the second half of the fiscal year, a period for which we still have limited visibility.”

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The comments came as it reported that operating losses for the year ended March 31 narrowed to £323.9m from £336.1m a year earlier.

Statutory losses before tax increased to £388.8m from £341.3m.

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The company said average prices of its package holidays rose 2% to £689 after hotels cut costs last year, but said prices were likely to come under pressure this year as the cost of living crisis impacts consumer spending .

Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman of Jet2, said: “Most of our 10 UK base airports were woefully ill-prepared and ill-equipped for the volume of customers they could reasonably expect.”

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He said this was “inexcusable considering our flights have been on sale for many months and our load factors are quite normal”.

“This difficult return to normal operations is simply due to the lack of planning, willingness and unwillingness to invest on the part of many airports and related suppliers,” he added.

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