Brexit not to blame for travel chaos, says No10



Downing Street insisted on Monday that Brexit wasn’t responsible for the chaos seen at the Channel crossings over the past few days.

Thousands of travellers heading to France by ferry, via Dover or via the Eurotunnel at Folkestone, were hit with lengthy delays and tailbacks over the weekend caused partly by a staff shortage of French border officials and a crash on the M20 in Kent.

There was further disruption on Monday morning as two early morning Eurostar services between London and Paris were cancelled. It follows trains being axed on Sunday because of the temporary closure of the high-speed line in France.

Toby Howe, from the Kent Resilience Forum, which oversees the response to delays at Channel crossings, said that the authorities faced another “red” situation this coming weekend after declaring a critical incident on Friday.

The chaos has prompted difficult questions for the UK government over whether the chaos has been caused by new checks introduced on British travellers entering the EU following Brexit.

But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We understand there are changes, post-Brexit. We recognise that, we have planned for that.”

The weekend’s problems were, he added, down to a combination of factors “including a shortage of French border control staff”.

“So these are not scenes that we think are necessitated by leaving the European Union,” the spokesman said.

“We think we have operational procedures and processes in place that do not need to see these levels of queues.”

Downing Street stopped short of blaming the French government for causing the problems but urged France’s border staff to implement new checks “proportonately and sensibly”.

The prime minister’s spokesman added that the UK would hold further talks this week with the French authorities to try and prevent a repeat of the

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Qatar Airways CEO blames a WFH ‘epidemic’ for the travel chaos and says people have figured out how to make ‘easy money’ from their homes

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker poses near an Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said a work-from-home “epidemic” is contributing to the chaos at airports.ERIC CABANIS/AFP via Getty Images)

  • Qatar Airways’ CEO said a work-from-home “epidemic” is contributing to the travel chaos.

  • People are making “easy money” working from home and don’t want to return to their jobs, he said.

  • Summer travel has been a mess so far, with flight delays and chaos across the aviation industry.

The CEO of Qatar Airways has blamed the chaos at airports on a work-from-home “epidemic,” Reuters reported on Monday.

“We face the same problem in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany,” Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways, said at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK, per Reuters.

“So it is actually an epidemic in our industry. This all happened because people learned to get easy money from working out of their homes, and fewer people now want to come and do the jobs that they were doing,” he said, according to the news agency.

Al Baker’s comments came amid a messy summer travel season” class=”link “summer travel season with flight delays and chaos across the industry — and particularly in Europe — as demand has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Issues faced by airlines include staff shortages and bad weather.

To contain the chaos, chaos-2022-7?utm_medium=referral&” data-ylk=”slk:London Heathrow Airport” class=”link “London Heathrow Airport started limiting passengers flying out from the facility to 100,000 a day. A global aviation hub, Heathrow was the busiest airport in Europe before the pandemic.

Al Baker, who is a Heathrow board member, declined to comment on the situation at the airport directly, per Reuters.

But he told Bloomberg Television in an earlier interview at the airshow that Heathrow should have anticipated the situation.

“Heathrow has the right to restrict your flight

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