Brits face travel chaos ALREADY with 3am airport queues ahead of bank holiday weekend

BRITS are already facing huge queues as families try to escape for the bank holiday weekend.

Passengers at Manchester Airport were seen in long queues at check in at Terminal 1 as early as 3am.


One passenger wrote: "This is why Manchester Airport is one of the worst in the world. Been queuing for 3 hours to get onto flight: people that arrive late are shown to front of the queue. 3 security desks open. disgusting."

It is expected that as many as 17million people will travel this weekend during the May bank holiday.

Even those opting for a staycation have been affected, with a number of rail engineering works planned over the weekend, affecting 550 routes.

It isn't the first time problems have happened to travellers in recent weeks, with delays and long queues still affecting airports due to Covid staff shortages.

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Passengers at airports including Manchester, Heathrow, Gatwick and Bristol complained of long waits as they attempted to travel during the school Easter break.

Earlier this month, passengers at Bristol Airport said they waited more than 90 minutes to get their luggage back, while others said it was more than an hour just to drop their bags before their flight.

Baggage problems were also reported at Gatwick and Heathrow, where passengers have waiting more than an hour both at security and at baggage reclaim.

According to Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, UK airports need to recruit tens of thousands of staff, with Heathrow alone needing 12,000 staff to keep queues down.

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Airlines have also canceled thousands of flights in recent weeks, with British Airways also reducing their schedule this summer.

This was initially expected to last until May – British Airways has since extended this until June, causing even more disruption for holidaymakers.

According to the Financial Times, the airline's chief executive Sean Doyle told staff yesterday that flights would be trimmed until the end of June to "make its schedules more reliable".

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