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Surge of Jubilee Holidaymakers Adds to UK Travel Hubs Stress

Passengers queue to check in at British Airways desks at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK.

Passengers queue to check in at British Airways desks at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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Britain’s airports, airlines and ports face their most frenetic weekend for years as a surge of vacation-bound passengers puts further stress on travel hubs already hobbled by a staffing shortfall and other issues.

London’s Gatwick airport said Friday was set to be its busiest day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, surpassing April’s Easter rush, with more than 800 scheduled flights set to transport 120,000 passengers.