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Fuming easyJet passengers have said they were left stuck onboard a plane for hours at Gatwick Airport and were only offered “one glass of water” to drink.

There has been chaos in the air industry in recent months since Covid restrictions have been removed and there has been a rush by Brits to head off on holiday.

Airlines and airports have complained at a shortage of staff which has led to long queues, delays and cancellations of flights.

The latest incident involved an easyJet flight that was due to leave from Gatwick at 1.40pm with Dubrovnik in Croatia its destination, reported MyLondon.

Yet it didn’t take off until 8.30pm according to passenger Dominey Jenner who said there was ‘a mutiny’ on board and posted footage of other frustrated people waiting for the plane to leave.

The easyJet flight was due to leave at 1.30pm and took off at 8.30pm, it is claimed ( POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m stuck on an @easyJet plane at Gatwick South,” she tweeted.

“It’s full and there are young children on board. Should have departed at 1.40pm. We’ve been offered one glass of water and there’s no food available.”

She continued: “We managed to get off at about 8.30pm. There was mutiny on board with people giving a deadline as to when they would simply leave. I heard that the police at Gatwick were about to come and escort us off as they’d had calls from people on board. Will never fly @easyJet again.”

It comes as easyJet’s chief operating officer Peter Bellew has resigned amid growing anger over flight disruption.

EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “I would like to thank Peter for his hard work and wish him well. Everyone at easyJet remains absolutely focused on delivering a safe and reliable operation this summer.”

EasyJet and other carriers have been affected by staff shortages in recent months ( AFP via Getty Images)

The airline has been one of the worst hit for cancellations in recent months but the crisis has affected many other carriers including British Airways.

Meanwhile the price of summer holidays is set to soar as the cancellation of thousand of flights has led to the cost of some routes trebling, say reports.

British Airways axed 10,300 flights to Europe earlier this month, having already cancelled 16,000 in March.

With a fifth of BA’s scheduled flights until the autumn now grounded and with easyJet also cutting over 10,000 flights, reports say that increased demand for remaining seats has led to a spike in prices.

The Mirror has contacted easyJet for comment.

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