As captioned by Entrepreneurng report, the easter weekend is almost approaching, which brings with it the age-old dilemma made famous by the Clash: should I stay or should I go? Which has been the response for a while now: how about neither?
Travelers who prefer to spend their vacation in soggy Britain may encounter record traffic jams or a railway that has been conveniently chopped at its London origins by seasonal engineering work.
Strikes at Heathrow and anything the French air traffic controllers decide to do must be negotiated to go abroad (hint: strike). The expense of travel and lodging has increased both at home and abroad.
The good news is that the logistics appear to be better than they did last Easter when it seemed impossible to easily leave these islands, for tourists and the companies that cater to them.
“Nevertheless, even though P&O Ferries is once again operating after taking a break in 2022 to illegally fire all of its employees and hire cheap foreign labor on temporary contracts, those choosing to leave the country through the Port of Dover experienced another traffic jam on Friday, with coach traffic encountering “significant delays.
After the rude awakening of last Easter, when personnel shortages led to big waits, delays, and widespread cancellations, airlines, and airports feel they have, on the whole, managed to recruit enough workers for slightly better pay to get their booked passengers away.
As the airlines’ recovery progresses, the number of flights is reverting to pre-Covid levels. Throughout the two-week school break, about 44,000 flights will depart from UK airports, with the most popular destinations being Dublin, Amsterdam, Malaga, Palma, and Alicante, and they might carry up to 8 million people.
According to aviation analytics company Cirium, Easter weekend traffic will be 12% busier than it was in 2018 but 12% less than it was in 2019. Flying should return to pre-pandemic levels by the summer, according to EasyJet, which will operate more than 20% of those flights.
Hence, traffic at airports will only increase. Heathrow, which set a daily quota of 100,000 passengers last summer, has all but ruled out implementing any type of capacity restriction.
However, as it endures a security staff strike, it has “invited” airlines to stop marketing flights for the Easter holiday. British Airways was also forced to cancel about 5% of its flights from Terminal 5, which is at the center of the labor dispute.
The public’s unwillingness to remain peacefully in a room with the heating off, rather than taking the M6 or booking a Ryanair trip, is what is driving the increase in profit expectations for transportation companies, whether by train, boat, or plane. We’ll set off again with as much certainty as eggs are eggs.
Source: The Gaudian