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olidaymakers face more misery as Easyjet has said it expects to cancel around 30 flights a day.

Most of the cancellations will be flying into and out of its main base London Gatwick.

A spokesperson for Easyjet said: “Due to the ongoing challenging operating environment, we expect to see similar levels of advance cancellations in the coming days of around 30 flights a day.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and take action in advance where possible.”

The Standard has reached out to Easyjet representatives for further comment.

Earlier, Downing Street said ministers and officials had a crunch meeting with aviation industry leaders and Border Force to increase “resilience for the sector throughout the summer” to put the brakes on further travel chaos.

But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it was ultimately down to the aviation industry to address staff shortages.

“We fully understand that the aviation industry – like many others – has faced significant challenges during the pandemic,” the spokesman said.

“But ultimately they are responsible for making sure they have enough staff to meet demand and we have been clear they must step up recruitment to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Also on Monday, travellers returning from half term holidays were hit with more chaos as Easyjet cancelled 13 of its scheduled flights into London’s Gatwick Airport.

It cancelled flights from favourite holiday destinations including Madrid, Palermo, Malta and Milan as well two domestic flights from Scotland.

Wizz Air also cancelled three flights from Mikonos, Milan and Catania.

The latest wave of cancellations comes as thousands of travellers were stranded abroad over the weekend with 80 Easyjet flights axed on Sunday.

“We are very sorry and fully understand the disruption this will have caused for our customers,” the airline said in a statement.

Over the weekend, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted flights should not be “oversold” and there should be “automatic compensation” for holidaymakers.

He told the BBC: “It is very important that flights aren’t oversold, for example, and I want to make sure there is automatic compensation for passengers.

“We’ll work with the industry very hard between now and the summer to make sure we don’t see a repeat of those scenes.”

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