BRITS with plans to go abroad over the Easter holidays are being warned airport queues will be longer than usual due to staff shortages.
The Airport Operators Association (AOA) has warned travelers to expect delays if traveling at peak times.
Airports and airlines have been hit hard during the pandemic, with many employees losing their jobs or moving to other industries.
As a result, airports have been pressured and are expected to struggle when thousands of Britons leave on a holiday abroad over Easter.
Karen Dee, chief executive of the AOA, warned passengers that if they fly at peak times, they could face longer waits at the airport.
She said: “Airports have been preparing for this for some time, but at peak times passengers may not have the experience they are used to.”
“Airports are working hard to recruit more staff in a very competitive job market and are working with the UK Government to address any delays in required checks before staff can start work.”
She encouraged passengers to get to the airport early and have your passport and any necessary Covid documents ready so you can get through check-in as quickly as possible.
She continued, “When airports and passengers work together, we can get everyone on their way as smoothly and quickly as possible.”
British Airways passengers have experienced a great deal of travel chaos in recent weeks due to a series of IT outages.
On Wednesday more than 40 flights were canceled due to a technical issue affecting the passengers flying yesterday.
This was the second major IT issue British Airways had in two months.
In February, more than 500 flights were disrupted after the flagship carrier suffered its biggest IT outage in years.
Heathrow came under fire afterwards last week Passengers were stuck in a “quarter mile” long queue.
A spokesman for the airport admitted that there had been delays in checking in passengers at Terminal 5, leading to huge queues.
BA has has changed its Covid voucher policygiving customers the freedom to exchange their tickets for a cash refund.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8591880/easter-holiday-airport-queues-long-staff-shortages/ Warning ahead of Easter holidays as staff shortages are expected to result in long queues at the airport