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Travel agents warn cancelled flights and delays at airports are putting off people summer holidays

Travel agents have warned cancelled flights and delays at airports are putting off people booking summer holidays.

Advantage Travel Partnership - a network of travel agency staff - reported that 30 per cent of their calls to its members were from people concerned about their upcoming jaunts after thousands of people were left stranded at airports over the recent Platinum Jubilee weekend after airlines such as EasyJet and Wizz Air axing their services.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, the group’s CEO said: "Thirty per cent of everything my members are dealing with right now are calls from very anxious holidaymakers who have bookings, whose travel plans, as far as we know right now, will take place, but they are anxious because obviously they're hearing all [about] the disruption.”

Julia reported that recruitment drives are on and that by the summer everything will be running smoothly in the industry.

Mike Clancy, the general secretary of Prospect, the union representing workers in the airport and aviation sector, believes that the current chaos was having a “really damaging impact” on consumer “confidence”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: It would be difficult to give anybody the confidence at the present minute that we are going to be okay by the school holidays in July.”

Mike urged for a long-term solution, involving better working conditions and pay.

He said: "Ultimately this means fixing pay and conditions which have deteriorated significantly in recent years.

"The problems we are seeing today are the result of a failed business model, unable to cope with any level of stress in the system.

"Unless the government and employers can come up with a sustainable long term plan for the aviation industry that supports jobs and skills, then it is hard to see the situation improving."

Over the weekend marking Queen Elizabeth’s seven decades on the throne, the majority of flights went as planned but huge disruptions took place, with data from Circum showing that 305 flights - out of a total of 10,662 - leaving the UK were cancelled, with the worst affected airports being London Gatwick, London Luton and Bristol.

Despite the turmoil, the Association of British Travel Agents assured that the “vast majority of people '' have and should be able to fly in the near and distant future.

They also recommended that people check with the airports and airlines for the best time to arrive for their flight as “many are arriving well before check-in begins which puts additional pressure on airport services.”

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