Travellers lines up for four hours due to border staff shortage at some European airports

Published on : Tuesday, August 1, 2017

airportUnderstaffed border controls caused thousands of flights to be delayed in some of the most popular holiday destinations for British holidaymakers.


Europe’s largest airline association said that the passengers faced queues of up to four hours and more as they attempted to arrive or leave  places including Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Lisbon, Lyon, Paris-Orly, Milan or Brussels.


Airlines for Europe (A4E), which represents airlines including easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair – blamed the delays on understaffing amid tightened checks brought in under European regulations after the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks.


Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E said that member states need to take all necessary measures now to prevent such disruptions and deploy appropriate staff and resources in sufficient numbers to carry out the requested checks. A4E has stressed the disproportionate waiting times and disrupted flow of traffic at external borders with the European Commission and calls for a swift solution on behalf of European passengers and airlines.


A4E fully supports EU efforts to reinforce controls at external borders so as to preserve Schengen’s free movement area, but Member States’ inability to provide efficient resources is directly impacting European airlines’ operations at European airports.


More than 2.4 million UK holidaymakers are expected to head overseas this summer as Abta reports. Air traffic controllers are expecting a record 770,000 flights in UK airspace over the summer, 40,000 more than last year.

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