Which flights are cancelled from Birmingham Airport and could more be cut in the coming days and weeks?
The number of flights cancelled at UK airports is reducing slightly, and this is the case at Birmingham Airport.
Airlines in the UK have been impacted by thousands of cancelled and delayed flights in recent weeks as the industry struggles with backlogs.
Flights during the Easter holidays and the May half term were affected, causing widespread issues for families looking to get away for the holidays.
Has the airport been busy?
The first half of this year has seen thousands of people hopping on flights out of Birmingham Airport following the dropping of Covid-19 restrictions back in March.
The airport has been increasingly busy during some days, with long queues at security checks for many passengers.
Friday, May 27 was the airport’s busiest day since August 29 - with 21,000 passengers flying to destinations around the world. A total of 147,200 passengers flew out from Birmingham Airport over the Jubilee bank holiday, with the airport admitting its staffing levels are 15% below where it would like them to be - and admitting that issues could persist throughout the summer to Autumn.
The airport began a recruitment drive in November with the aim of increasing numbers of key roles, including security officers. On Friday (June 10) it announced that it has now hired the optimum level of staff and is currently training its new recruits.
Which flights are cancelled to Birmingham Airport?
At the time of publication today (24 August) the 8.15am Vueling flight to Paris and a Scandanavian Sas flight to Copenhagen have been cancelled.
The 9.05am flight to Paris and 10.35 service to Copenhagen, the return flights of the earlier services, have also been cancelled
Are any flights from Birmingham Airport delayed today?
According to the arrival and departures board on the Birmingham Airport website, there are minimal delays on some flights.
Have the airlines commented on delays and cancellations?
Jet2 have issued a statement to say that they have not made any cancellations, and that they continue to receive positive feedback from customers.
A spokesperson said: "We have not made any cancellations due to staff shortages and we are continuing to receive positive feedback from happy customers and independent travel agents thanks to our dedicated teams who are continuing to work tirelessly to provide the best customer service in the industry.
This statement came several days after the airline announced it would be withdrawing some flights in July and August.
Amongst the withdrawn routes are flights to Amsterdam from Birmingham.
The spokesperson added: “Following the latest review, we have taken the decision, in consultation with Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, to withdraw July and August services to Amsterdam from Birminghamand Leeds Bradford airports. Our programme to Amsterdam is scheduled to recommence in September. Where customers are affected, we will contact them to let them know and they will receive a full refund.
"It is important to note that this decision has nothing to do with staff shortages that are currently impacting other airlines, and withdrawn flights were not due to depart until June 30 at the earliest."
Could we see more cancellations?
With the backlog created by a shortage in staff and other factors still at play, it is entirely possible we will continue to see flights to and from Birmingham Airport disrupted.
For the latest on flight information, visit the Birmingham Airport website.