Gatwick hires hundreds of security guards to ease summer rush

Gatwick Airport said it had hired 400 new security staff in recent weeks to take the pressure off queues.

Osses said more staff will be hired to ease pressure on the airport as it heads into the busy school summer holiday season.

Gatwick is also trying to raise awareness of putting liquids in a clear bag separate from carry-on baggage to reduce security check delays.

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Passengers have faced long queues and disruption at Gatwick Airport in recent months (Stephen Jones/PA)

Chief Operating Officer Adrian Witherow said: “With passenger numbers quickly returning to 2019 levels, we expect heavy activity, particularly at peak times such as weekends and the upcoming school summer holidays.

“We are doing everything we can to make the airport process as smooth as possible, including recruiting and training hundreds of new security staff, many of whom have already started or will start in the coming weeks.

“However, it is also important that we do everything in our power to help passengers prepare for security before they reach the trays.

“We understand that many are already doing this, but by publishing the list of the most important items that are currently being forgotten, we hope to get even more people through airport security quickly so they can relax and enjoy a drink before their flight or sit down to eat.”

The announcement comes amid an air travel crisis that has seen thousands of flights canceled and many passengers waiting in long airport queues for several hours.

Heathrow, the UK’s busiest airport, recently imposed a cap of 100,000 daily departing passengers by September 11 and asked airlines to stop selling summer tickets.

However, the Telegraph reported that it had seen a letter from Mark Powell, Heathrow’s director of operations planning, which said a cap of 1,200 arriving and departing aircraft per day could last until October 29.

Many passengers flying to and from Heathrow have suffered severe disruption in recent months with long security queues and baggage system outages.

Staffing levels for ground handling teams at Heathrow are only 70% of pre-pandemic levels, while passenger numbers are between 80% and 85%.

EasyJet announced this week that it has hired 350 new customer service agents and is opening a new call center in Milan to reduce delays.

The airline will also station headquarters staff at UK airports to provide additional assistance to passengers and has introduced new interactive signage at airports.

Customers traveling on early morning flights will also be able to check-in checked bags the evening before travel.

https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/gatwick-hires-hundreds-of-security-staff-to-ease-summer-rush-41855107.html Gatwick hires hundreds of security guards to ease summer rush

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