DESPERATE travellers are facing MASSIVE queues this morning on the SIXTH day of airport chaos – and bosses have warned it’s only going to get worse.
Brits trying to squeeze in a holiday over the Queen’s Jubilee weekend have been forced into long queues by 7am – amid weeks of airport madness.
Staff shortages, IT issues, air traffic problems and a surge of travellers post-Covid have caused a “perfect storm” of chaos for holidaymakers.
And the beginning of the Jubilee Bank Holiday has been no exception.
At Manchester Airport, winding queues of hopeful travellers were seen in the early hours of the morning – trying to get away for the half-term.
While at London’s busy Heathrow Airport, bag drop-off lines snaked around the corner by 7am as desperate Brits tried to make their flights.
In Bristol, travellers were forced to watch the sunrise as they stood in massive queues OUTSIDE the terminal building in a bid to check in and get on their flights.
At Gatwick Airport, travellers reported seeing 700 people in check-in queues – with just two staff members working at 7am.
Leeds Bradford Airport has faced a number of issues recently regarding delayed flights, cancellations and long waits at security.
And today, a number of flights were delayed whilst issues with security continue. Despite this, Leeds Bradford has recently announced they are selling more flights to Heathrow.
Leeds Bradford Airport said passengers can fly from LBA to Heathrow with Flybe, with a free security fast track.
A massive snaking queue leading towards airport scanners was pictured at Stansted this morning.
And travellers across the country have been warned the disruption could get worse – as unions say there’ll be problems throughout “the entire summer”.
There are problems around the UK, with would-be holiday-makers urged not to arrive at the airport more than three hours early – despite facing horrific five-hour queues that snake through terminals into car parks outside.
Even when they do make it to departures they still face a gruelling getaway lottery, with hundreds of flights scrapped.
And train stations are no better, with footage taken at London’s St Pancras station showing huge queues for the Eurostar.
Earlier this week, Brits waited on pavements outside the station as a “technical issue” caused delays leaving London.
Julian Knight, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, told the Evening Standard about travel bosses: “They need to get a grip and now.
“They risk harming their industry’s reputation for years to come as well as destroying the holiday plans of thousands of Britons.”
Meanwhile, Ryanair passengers are being warned of travel disruption this summer, which could affect as many as 200 flights a day.
Baggage handlers at Blue Handling are threatening strike action due to pay cuts, which will affect hundreds of flights if it goes ahead.
Union Unite has warned that unless they get a substantial pay rise then they will walk out over the summer.
And with airlines already facing huge problems with delayed and cancelled flights, it could result in even more chaos for Brits hoping to go abroad during the peak holiday season.
Ryanair has already issued a travel update for Brits travelling in the next few days, advising to leave three hours before departure to avoid the current travel chaos.
Earlier this week, police were forced to tell exhausted Tui passengers their flight was cancelled after eight-hour delays.
Brits were in tears as two policemen arrived to read a statement from the airline after days of “total carnage” in UK airports.
More than 30,000 Tui passengers due to fly from Manchester Airport alone over the next month will have their holiday plans crushed by the end of today.
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