BRIT holidaymakers are warned to expect a summer of travel chaos with massive disruptions at UK airports.
This week, travelers hoping to fly for the Easter holidays faced five-hour queues – while hundreds of flights were canceled or postponed.
And now it looks like the chaos is set to continue, as industry insiders have revealed there are six-month delays in hiring new staff.
Airports across the UK have faced major staffing problems due to a surge in demand from people wanting to travel abroad in the wake of the pandemic – as well as Covid-related absences.
But they’re struggling to find recruits and get their security checks done — with senior industry insiders claiming it takes up to six months to screen new hires.
said The times The review normally takes 14 to 15 weeks – but accused the government of not allocating the resources to handle the extra demand.
A source said: “The process is cripplingly slow.
“Aviation has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during the pandemic, suffering from a lack of targeted support and now faces a summer disrupted by the government’s slow pace of staff screening.”
However, a government source denied that it was responsible for the long delays in screening staff.
They said: “The British public doesn’t want us to take a chance on who has security clearance to work for airlines.
“They and the travel companies have treated their staff so badly during the pandemic it’s no surprise they don’t want to come back.”
And the travel problems aren’t just in the air Brits have been warned to brace for the worst traffic weekend in eight years as the train stations are closed over the Easter weekend.
The transport authority RAC has warned that essential maintenance work at many of Britain’s major train stations will force a whopping 21.5 million drivers onto the roads.
Experts predict travel chaos will continue across the country from Good Friday to Easter Monday, leaving millions in misery.
Engineering work, including for HS2, will close London Euston to all services from April 15-18.
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