New travel chaos as passengers suffer THREE HOURS delays at two major airports
TRAVELERS flying on holiday face mega-delays at two major UK airports.
Passengers are stuck in huge queues at Manchester and Bristol terminals, some waiting more than three hours to check in.
One holidaymaker, Shelle Rodway, said on Twitter: “Absolute chaos at Bristol Airport this morning.
“As the summer season approaches, you need to clarify this.
“Almost two hours from baggage drop and through security.”
And Gary Hindhaugh described his experience at Manchester Airport as “an absolute disgrace”.
He added: “Going on holiday, 3 hour queues to check in through TUI and security.
“Two hours delay due to delayed luggage loading.
“Today on our return, two hours late in getting the bags out.
Many UK airports have been plagued by queue chaos due to severe staffing shortages.
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Travelers have complained of huge lines at check-in counters and severe delays at security.
The problems, which include recruitment difficulties, have prompted several airlines to cancel large numbers of flights.
And industry experts have warned Britons to arrive in time lest they miss the launch.
Janine Blackburn, traveling through Manchester Airport yesterday, said: “As if taking three hours to get through wasn’t bad enough, [I’m] now delayed because the passengers cannot get to the gate on time,” she said.
George, stuck in a queue outside Bristol Airport doors, said: “Damn it. That huge line just for security?
Steffan Clifton, also in Bristol, said: “What a shocking morning here.
“Should fly to Amsterdam 15 minutes ago but no flight, 2 hours and 45 minutes late. Holiday ruined.”
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Kim Mounty, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, traveled from Bristol to Malaga and waited an hour and a half to check in, only to be told she could have sailed straight to security.
She told The Sun: “Why did they keep us in line for so long?
“There were a lot of dissatisfied customers with the way everything was handled. It was literally absolute chaos.”
And a Twitter user was abandoned on the tarmac at the same airport due to staff shortages.
“We can’t get off the plane because ‘there’s nobody fixing the stairs,'” they said.
“There really is no hope for this airport.”
It was literally absolute chaos.
There are now fears that the travel chaos could continue next year.
Kully Sandhu, chief executive of Aviation Recruitment Network, warned that it “could take at least the next 12 months for the industry to settle down in terms of vacancies.”
He said it wasn’t just Covid causing problems in hiring new staff, which he said there were more than 300 vacancies at UK airports, but also Brexit.
He told the BBC: “Brexit has not helped because we had a natural attraction for people from the European market to apply for vacancies at UK airports.
“We no longer have that talent pool and are relying on individuals in the UK.”
A Bristol Airport spokesman said of today’s chaos: “We apologize to customers who were delayed early on Wednesday 4th April.
“We work closely with all business partners to ensure there are sufficient staffing levels to provide good service to passengers.
“Sometimes, however, staff shortages can impact wait times and service standards.
“We are constantly reviewing resource sourcing across all areas and adjusting plans to meet demand, building in resilience where possible.
“During the busy summer season, we advise all customers to arrive at the terminal at least two hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight in order to have enough time to complete all necessary check-in, baggage drop-off, security and boarding processes before the flight.”
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