There have been complaints of long lines to pass departures and arrivals on Saturday, with images posted on social media showing crowded terminals, but Birmingham Airport appeared to be doing quite well.
Police Minister Kit Malthouse apologized for the border delays, suggesting that airline staff could be among those granted isolation exemptions to alleviate problems caused by “pingemia”.
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He told Times Radio on Sunday: “I know that Border Force is one of the frontline services that will be able to access more of this test and version.
“And I think at Heathrow yesterday we had a technical problem with the electronic gates where they broke down for about 90 minutes. This caused a problem and I’m very sorry for that, and I’m sorry for the people who were inconvenienced.
“I hope Border Force is relieved of some of the aspects of pingemia. “
When asked if airline staff could also benefit from exemptions, he replied, “Yes, we would be in conversation with employers. ”
Heathrow Airport said it expected around 128,000 passengers on Saturday and Sunday, although that figure is still down from the daily pre-pandemic volumes of around 230,000 to 260,000 in July 2019.
General manager John Holland-Kaye said additional staff would be available to ensure passengers have a “smooth journey”.
But Fiona Brett, a violinist traveling to Frankfurt with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, said she had to wait in line for two hours to check in for her flight from Heathrow on Saturday morning.
Ms Brett, from Oxfordshire, said she checked in online but then had to show staff her Covid vaccination certificate, adding that ‘utter chaos’ caused her flight to be delayed at 9:30 a.m. .
“I think the queues were not caused by too many people, but by the airlines having to do all the extra checks before checking in properly. “
It seems Birmingham Airport has escaped the worst of crowds. Many services were scheduled inside and outside the airport, but no problems or delays were reported for passengers.
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But passengers have taken to social media to complain about the queues at London Stansted, with one calling the scenes ‘chaotic’.
Manchester Airports Group said it expected 958 flights to Manchester Airport from Friday to Monday, 224 to East Midlands Airport and 1,330 to London Stansted.
That’s up from 632, 177 and 735 respectively in the same weekend last year, but still well below 2,512 in Manchester, 503 in East Midlands and 2,139 at London Stansted in July 2019 .
Meanwhile, Gatwick Airport said it expected to see around 250 to 260 flights and between 25,000 and 27,000 passengers a day over the weekend, up from just 15 flights a day at the peak of the pandemic.
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