Airlines ordered to cancel flights from the UK amid ‘unacceptable’ travel chaos

The UK government has ordered airlines to cancel flights now, rather than later, to prevent last minute misery for travellers.

The demand comes after weeks of chaos across European airports, with thousands of holidaymakers facing delays, queues and cancellations.

In an open letter to airlines, The Department for Transport (DfT) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have warned carriers to trim schedules.

“Your schedules must be based on the resources you and your contractors expect to have available,” writes Richard Moriarty, chief executive of the CAA, and Rannia Leontaridi, director-general for aviation at the DfT, write.

“(We recommend) cancellations at the earliest possibility to deliver a more robust schedule are better for consumers than

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