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The summer of 2022 will likely become known for the travel chaos which has hit the UK. As the average price of petrol has hit 188.7p a litre, rail workers striking for better pay and conditions mean many are stranded by train companies.

That’s before we get to the airport queues and flight cancellations which have been a feature of half-term getaways. Just yesterday, easyJet announced it was cutting yet more flights between now and September due to staffing levels.

But is the travel chaos which is forming the background to our lives right now – and, for some, causing very real disruption – restricted to just the United Kingdom? The short answer is no, says the Telegraph.

Many of the issues which are said to be affecting our infrastructure are not affecting just us. The Ukraine war and subsequent fuel crisis, and the employment after-effects of the pandemic have had an echo across Europe.

In a breakdown of European destinations, they have reported that travel chaos is translating only too well across the continent. Five Telegraph correspondents have given a breakdown of how the situation is where they are.

France is boasting higher fuel prices – well over €2 (£1.72) a litre, but almost €2.50 (£2.16) on motorways. Cancelled flights have also caused some issued, their correspondent notes that “Air France/KLM far from innocent in this regard”.

In Spain, petrol prices are also high – reportedly around €2.15 (£1.85) – which brought on a lorry strike in March and April, causing supply issues. Flights, though, seem to be unaffected.

Driving in the Netherlands has become more expensive thanks to rising fuel costs – the correspondent says between €2.45 and €2.62 (£2.20 to £2.25) a litre. In Amsterdam, Schiphol – the world’s third busiest airport – was hit by staff shortages earlier in the year.

The Telegraph’s correspondent mentions reports of six-hour queues, staff fainting from overwork, and passenger rebellion. Anecdotally, queue times of up to two hours are still considered normal.

It’s also worth noting that easyJet’s new raft of cancellations announced yesterday have also hit Schiphol. And trains cancellations are said to be a more common occurrence as staff shortage hit.

Germany has had similar issues to the UK in terms of staff shortages, strike actions and cancelled flights. In a response to spiralling fuel prices, a heavily discounted rail pass valid for trains all over Germany was brought in – which has led to overcrowding.

Around 900 Lufthansa flights are to be cancelled in Germany next month, while subsidiary companies Eurowings and Swiss are also reducing flights. As far as airport staff shortages, the government has stepped in to call for more recruitment and amend the issue, which may help. On German forecourts, fuel is around €2.20 per litre (£1.89).

The Swedish have seen Manchester Airport-style chaos at their biggest airport Stockholm Arlanda within the last week, the Telegraph reports. The incident has brought about promises of an extra terminal, and more staff hired as a matter of urgency.

On top of that, around 1,000 pilots from Nordic airline SAS are to strike later this month, their correspondent says. Train drivers are also thin on the ground, with cancellations being warned of. On the roads, a litre of petrol costs 24.14 kronor (£1.94).





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