Britons jetting off on holiday this summer have been warned to pack in-flight picnics as staff shortages at a major catering supplier mean there may be no food and drink on board.
EasyJet has informed customers flying from Gatwick and Belfast airports that food may not be available on their flights, and asked them to “bring your own food and soft drinks”.
Passengers were also reminded that any alcohol bought before the flight cannot be consumed on board.
A spokesperson for the budget carrier said: “We are working closely with our supplier to resolve these issues.”
The warning comes after TUI customers were asked to bring their own food and drink this month, due to catering issues with the same firm contracted by EasyJet.
TUI, the UK’s largest holiday firm, now says their catering issues have been ironed out and that all flights will be stocked as normal.
A spokesperson said: “We had a handful of flights impacted earlier in the month, with limited hot food offering. This issue is fully resolved and have always been able to offer some food and drinks on all our flights.”
Issues with catering for both airlines stem from contracts with food and airport services provider Dubai National Air Travel Agency.
A UK staffing crisis at the Dubai-based firm means they have been unable to fulfil some catering contracts on flights departing from the UK.
DNATA has blamed “long lead times” in securing security background checks that the Government mandates for all new airport staff.
A DNATA spokesperson said: “We are actively recruiting and training new staff, and working closely with our partners and suppliers to overcome these challenges as soon as possible.
“In recent weeks we have seen significant progress with many of our new joiners passing through government-mandated security checks. We expect to be able to operate at full capacity and provide a full range of products for our customers and their customers in the next few weeks.
“We apologise for any inconvenience and continue to work hard to consistently provide the highest level of quality and safety across our operations.”
Government security check bottlenecks have also been blamed for cancelled flights as airlines struggle onboard new cabin crew as they scale up their services in line with booming passenger demand.
In April, EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgrensaid said that while the Department for Transport (DfT) was “doing what they can to accelerate” security clearance checks, a three-week delay on security clearance for more than 100 cabin crew was to blame for multiple flight cancellations.
i has contacted the Government for comment.
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