Many airlines cancel more than 300 flights and Eurotunnel warns of three-hour delays as COVID-19 cases rise to 5 million.

Hundreds of easyJet and British Airways flights were canceled over the weekend, with dozens more canceled on Monday, sparking a fresh surge in COVID infections, leaving consumers stranded.

British Airways has canceled nearly 90 flights to and from Heathrow on Monday, compared to 50 that were canceled last week, including 10 flights given late notice, canceled overnight due to staff COVID illness.

EasyJet attributed the cancellation to a high level of staff shortage due to illness. It canceled 62 flights out of around 1,645 flights to and from the UK on Monday. The budget flight operator has canceled at least 222 trips since Friday.

EasyJet apologized for the string of cancellations on Monday, saying: "We regret any inconvenience this may have caused to customers on the affected flights."

It comes as COVID cases hit a record high since the start of the pandemic with one in 13 people, or about 4.9 million, contracting the virus in the week ending March 26 in England.

Several airlines, including both British Airways and EasyJet, have recently dropped their requirements for wearing face masks on flights.


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