BBC News - Lucy Hooker

...thousands of British holiday-makers thought to be stranded abroad, after the cancellation of more than 100 flights over the weekend.

...the airlines themselves say the government could also have done more to support the industry during the pandemic and to speed up the process of security checks for new staff now.

Andrew Crawley, chief operating officer at American Express Global Business Travel, told the BBC's Today programme said it would be "sensible" for the government to temporarily change immigration rules to allow airlines to recruit overseas workers to plug staff shortages.

"Some airlines relied on EU citizens for up to 30% of their workforce, pre-Brexit, so that labour pool no longer being available adds to the challenge that we have here," he said.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has rejected such a request from the aviation industry.

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