Outraged flyers share photos of huge queues at passport control

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Outraged flyers this morning shared photos of massive passport controls and security queues as chaos continues at airports across Britain.

Passengers at Heathrow and Stansted complained of significant delays in the early hours, apparently due to a lack of staff at the counters, while there was also disruption in Manchester.

In recent days, families have felt compelled to play it safe by arriving up to six hours before their flight to avoid a repeat of the scenes seen at terminals across the country.

On social media, one traveler wrote today: ‘The lack of staff at passport control on arrivals is nothing short of ridiculous @STN_Airport.’

Another tweeted: ‘It seems no coincidence that every time I go to @STN_Airport, the E-passport machines don’t work… have been queuing for over 2 hours to get back to my home country.’

A third said: ‘After a 6-hour flight that landed at 4pm yesterday, it was hell on earth to wait an hour in a crowded queue at passport control with a child. A border officer at the counter for hundreds of families. #Heathrow should be ashamed and embarrassed.”

In Manchester there seemed to be a hodgepodge of experience, with some flyers complaining about delays they described as a ‘mess’, while others said they were ‘stressed out for no reason’ as they walked straight through it in less than five minutes.

A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told MailOnline: “As international travel continues to reopen and passenger numbers increase, it is clear to us that waiting times could be longer as we ensure all passengers comply with security and immigration measures that are in place. are taken to keep us safe.

“Border Force’s first priority is to maintain a secure border, and we will not compromise on security.

“We are working closely with Stansted Airport to ensure that passengers travel as smoothly as possible and we will continue to deploy our staff as flexibly as possible.”

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

There were long lines at passport control at Heathrow Airport in the early hours this morning

There were long lines at passport control at Heathrow Airport in the early hours this morning

There were long lines at passport control at Heathrow Airport in the early hours this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Meanwhile, the queues to get through the border at Stansted Airport were described as a 'joke'

Meanwhile, the queues to get through the border at Stansted Airport were described as a 'joke'

Meanwhile, the queues to get through the border at Stansted Airport were described as a ‘joke’

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Another social media user posted images of the queues at Manchester Airport

Another social media user posted images of the queues at Manchester Airport

Another social media user posted images of the queues at Manchester Airport

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

Travelers once again queued at Manchester airport this morning

UK airports continue to face staffing issues in the wake of Covid restrictions.

Tour guides say the problems have been compounded by a huge surge in travel demand after two years of Covid-enforced disruption.

Some have warned that staffing problems, which came to a head last month as people rushed for the first restriction-free Easter break in more than two years, could last as long as a year.

And last week, EasyJet announced plans to remove seats on some of its planes this summer so it can operate flights with fewer cabin crew, as it also faces staffing issues.

Manchester and Birmingham airport bosses said this week the queues were due to ongoing staffing problems.

It’s also clear that Manchester has had additional problems, including passengers arriving up to six hours before their flight hoping to beat the queues – creating bottlenecks at the already busy times.

It comes as Heathrow reveals today that April was the busiest month since February 2020 – before the Covid pandemic – with nearly 5.1 million passengers passing through the airport last month.

Due to the increasing demand for air travel, vacation giant Tui has also suffered more than half of its losses in the past six months.

The company reported a loss of profit of Euro 614.5 million (£525 million) for the half year ended March 31, after a loss of Euro 1.3 billion (£1.11 billion) in the same period a year earlier.

It told shareholders that doing so could return it to a profit by the end of the year.

It comes as Heathrow reveals today that April was its busiest month since February 2020 - before the Covid pandemic - with nearly 5.1 million passengers traveling through the airport last month.

It comes as Heathrow reveals today that April was its busiest month since February 2020 - before the Covid pandemic - with nearly 5.1 million passengers traveling through the airport last month.

It comes as Heathrow reveals today that April was its busiest month since February 2020 – before the Covid pandemic – with nearly 5.1 million passengers traveling through the airport last month.

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Tui said it expects a ‘strong’ summer and has already reached 85% of booking levels in summer 2019, before feeling the heavy impact of the pandemic.

It said the last quarter had “improved significantly” as the easing of pandemic restrictions helped boost bookings.

The tour group said its UK operation “continues to lead the way” for summer bookings, which are currently up 11% from summer 2019 levels.

Tui said it expects total bookings for the summer to reach “near level” from 2019.

It’s being boosted by vacationers who book “more on the short term” and also spend more money on each trip, the company said.

Meanwhile, revenues from the past six months have more than quintupled to €4.5 billion (£3.8 billion) compared to the same period a year earlier, when the company was still struggling with Covid-19 restrictions.

Tui chief executive officer Fritz Joussen said: “High demand for travel and very good business performance confirm our forecasts.

‘2022 will be a good financial year. Capacity is almost reaching pre-corona level of 2019.

“After a two-year crisis, we expect Tui to return to profitability in the current fiscal year with a significantly positive underlying EBIT (earnings before interest and tax).

“This is the foundation for new growth.”

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