Passengers at Manchester and Birmingham airports experience huge queues to get through security, long waits for some planes to depart and problems at the baggage carousel
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Mayhem has unfolded at Birmingham and Manchester airportswith stranded passengers waiting hours for flights.
Huge delays at the two major airports as Brits try to escape the gloomy early spring weather instead missed their flights.
There are also very long waiting times in the Eurotunnel due to a canceled train.
The flare-up comes after days of chaos at both Birmingham Airport and Manchester Airport today.
The situation in Manchester has been blamed on safety concerns, with huge, hour-long queues a daily feature of the north-west travel hub for the past month.
In Birmingham, the chaos has linked dozens of easyJet flights to be canceled as many staff are ill Covid-19.
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Those already with BHX are warning others not to arrive early or expect missed flights, The Birmingham Mail reports.
Some passengers, including Allie Mann, complained of being stuck on planes for hours with no sign of departure nearby.
She kept writing Twitter at 11.37am Monday: “I was on a plane at Birmingham Airport for over three hours because there were no staff.
Rebecca Young, who snapped photos of the queues, wrote on Twitter: “Everyone leaving Birmingham Airport today is taking their time! Queues are absolutely ridiculous.”
Further north in Manchester, John Dallinger said it was a “complete nightmare” getting through the airport. The Manchester Evening News reported.
He tweeted this morning: “@manairport Arrived at the airport at 6.15am for a 9.20am flight, 3 hours of a complete nightmare. Never will I or anyone else I’ve spoken to use Man Airport again. Terrible experience!!!”
John was not alone in his condemnation.
Gareth Melling tweeted: “@manairport you took the fun out of families going on vacation, an absolute mess just to get through check in and security.”
Graham also said on Twitter: “@manairport another mess at T1 another day. The worst airport in Europe.”
As of this weekend, photos of large mountains of luggage racks piled up at the security gate have been circulating.
An apology was issued on Manchester Airport’s official Twitter account this morning.
It said: “As we continue to recover from the pandemic and passenger numbers are rising, security queues can sometimes be longer than usual.
“If you are traveling in the next few weeks, please arrive as early as your airline allows. We apologize to our customers for the disruption.”
Manchester Airport chief executive Karen Smart said it would “take time” to get back to full strength and it could “take longer than it should” to get through the airport over the next few weeks.
“The extensive security checks and training for new security officers has meant we have not been able to keep up with the rapidly growing demand – but we run hundreds of candidates every week and new colleagues come into operation every day,” she adds.
Eurostar services and freight and passenger Eurotunnel services will face around three hours of waiting, but passengers – many likely to be holidaymakers over the Easter holidays – are still being asked to check in as planned.
A spokesman said: “Due to a technical issue with an overnight freight shuttle, Eurotunnel is currently operating a reduced service.
“We apologize to customers who may be facing any delays during this incident and want to reassure everyone that we are working to remove the train from the tunnel and restore normal operations as soon as possible.
“We expect to be able to resume full services later in the day.”
Ferry passengers are also struggling today with delays of up to an hour and a half on DFDS Seaways and Irish Ferries between Dover and Calais due to high demand.
budget EasyJet airline canceled 62 flights scheduled for Monday after canceling at least 222 flights on Saturday and Sunday.
Easyjet has yet to confirm all affected flights, but holidaymakers can check the status of their journey via the flight tracker.
Enter your flight number or departure airport and destination to find out if your trip will go ahead.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/airport-chaos-manchester-birmingham-huge-26630176 Manchester and Birmingham airport chaos with huge queues and 'nightmarish' plane delays