Fifty-four scheduled easyJet flights were cancelled at Gatwick Airport on Sunday June 11, 2023, due to severe weather conditions. A further 55 flights are expected to be grounded today, Monday June 12.
Flight cancellations June 11 and 12
The flight cancellations have affected over 15,000 passengers, many of whom were holidaymakers who were due to travel to popular European travel destinations such as Spain, Portugal, and Greece.
easyJet had noted on their website that the reason for the flight cancellations was quote poor weather conditions across the UK and Europe”, which it explained had been the cause of the imposition of air traffic control restrictions.
The airline went on to state that this disruption was “outside of our control and is considered to be an extraordinary circumstance.”
easyJet has apologised for the cancellations and said that it is working to rebook passengers on alternative flights as soon as possible. However, some passengers have expressed frustration at the lack of information they have received from the airline.
Forecast weather conditions
The weather conditions at Gatwick Airport were poor on June 12, with heavy rain and strong winds. This led to delays and cancellations on a number of flights, not just easyJet.
The Met Office has issued further thunderstorm warnings for parts of the United Kingdom which are active until 9 PM Monday, June 12. A yellow weather warning for rain and wind in southern England, is also currently active.
The UK officially recorded its hottest day of the year over the weekend and temperatures at London Heathrow airport were recorded and 30.5°C. The hot weather is expected to continue through the early portion of the week.
Recent staff shortages
In addition to the weather conditions, easyJet has also been struggling with staff shortages in recent months. This has led to delays and cancellations on a number of flights.
easyJet has said that it is working to recruit more staff and that it is confident that it will be able to operate a normal service in the coming months.
If you are due to travel to Gatwick Airport on June 12, it is advisable to check the status of your flight with the airline before you travel.