BRITS face losing up to £1.1billion on their holiday due to huge delays at passport offices.
This works out to £2,400 per family, meaning many could be devastated at missing their holiday and being out of pocket.
Up to 9.5 million applications are expected to be made this year after millions of passports expired during the pandemic.
In 2019, an average of 559,000 passports were printed per month, but this fell to 329,000 in 2020 and 402,000 in 2021.
The high demand for applications had meant that many families were waiting much longer than the usual 5-6 weeks for their passports to be returned.
The government has since changed the warning about British more than 10 weeks to get their passports back.
And a study by the Center for Economics and Business Research has estimated that families only have a 50 percent chance of a “successful and timely” passport renewal.
It says: “Assuming that passport holders are slightly more likely than the general population to have travel plans and that a quarter of them have made a booking, nearly a million holidaymakers are at risk from the delays.
“Multiplying the resulting number of passports at risk by the average cost of a family holiday of around £2,400 suggests a cumulative loss of over £1.1billion.”
The government website is currently warning: “Customers can also help ensure that there are no delays in their application, e.g. travel.”
Nevertheless, many families were disappointed afterwards The Fast Track website also crashed last weekavailable without appointment.
And an employee said the passport office’s phone line, which also stopped working for many, was a “mess.”
A woman told Sun Online Travel how she had to do it miss her £3,000 Spanish holiday with her family because of the passport backlog.
A heartbroken aunt had told her family £10,000 holiday in Menorca faces ruin because the passport of her five-year-old niece is still not there.
And another couple could be forced to call off their £40,000 wedding Thanks to the ongoing chaos.
And an employee of the passport office has warned that there will only be delays in the application process getting WORSE this summer.
The employee, who remained anonymous, told the I that the delays “will only get worse” this summer, with the current delays being the “tip of the iceberg” of the problems.
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