Thousands of passengers are stuck this week in lines that snake out the doors of Birmingham Airport. And today, May 10, it looks like there will be another delay with holidaymakers already reporting the airport being ‘rammed’.
Travelers were stuck in a mega-line that reportedly could reach up to “one kilometer” at its peak on Monday.
It was the latest in a series of staff shortages that hit BHX, after weeks of complaints from flyers about long security queues and delays.
An airport spokesman said yesterday that about 7,500 people had been booked to fly during the busy morning peak, leading to the decision to queue outside. They said the lines were “long, but managed and moving”.
Similar scenes were seen at the city’s airport this weekend, prompting airline TUI to apologize to travelers who passed through the terminal on Saturday.
Last week, airport director Nick Barton admitted the chaos would continue for several more weeks. Speaking to BBC Radio WM, he blamed a 12-week “delay” between recruiting new staff and getting them operational. He said: “It is still the legacy of the industry being reversed by the government’s removal of the rules in mid-February.”
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