Liverpool and Spurs fans warned of flight chaos on UK’s busiest ever day of air travel


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A massive 9,000 flights are set to take off today, beating the all-time daily record of 8,854 set on May 25 last year.

The surge in commercial planes and private jets will be down to the big all-English final in Madrid, on top of the usual holiday getaways.

Thousands of Liverpool and Tottenham fans will flood the Spanish capital ahead of tomorrow’s showdown at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Planes will be departing from Merseyside and London in huge numbers, with desperate fans flying to Madrid via other European cities after direct flight tickets sold out.

Air traffic control (ATC) provider Nats said it expects 600 extra charter and private jet fights this weekend, on top of the 8,000-plus flights handled on a normal May day.

But with the surge comes a risk of airport chaos, with Nats warning that delays are possible due to “limited capacity on the ground at some airports and in the air”.

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A spokeswoman for Nats said: “With two English teams contesting the title we’re expecting to handle up to 800 extra flights between Friday and Sunday, ferrying tens of thousands of fans to the Spanish capital and back, with Madrid airport themselves expected to handle a record number of flights with over 1,100 biz-jet and 400 charter movements planned over the three days.

“We’re expecting around 400 additional charter flights – which will include airlines moving aircraft around to get them in the right place – and then over 200 private jet movements. And that’s on top of the 8,000+ flights we’d handle on a normal May day.

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“Looking after those extra flights on top of what is already the busiest time of year is a huge undertaking, so together with the airports and airlines, we’ll be doing everything we can to get people to the game on time and home again, safely.

“There is no doubt this is going to be a challenging weekend, with limited capacity on the ground at some airports and in the air making delays possible.”

Last Friday saw flight numbers fall just shy of the record with 8,742 flights taking place as Brits flocked to the sun.


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