Families planning a holiday to Britain this Easter could be facing travel delays to and from local airports with staff shortages expected to cause “gridlock”.
The British Air Transport Association is said to have delivered a statement on behalf of 11 airlines using Britain’s airports, including Virgin Airlines and British Airways, warning resources may not be sufficient enough over the long weekend to deal with thousands of travellers, Boston.com reported.
With up to 370,000 people expected to pass through Heathrow airport alone from Good Friday to Easter Monday, the Association’s chief executive Simon Buck told media that while airlines “do their best” to ensure travellers are handled efficiently, ultimately the Government would need to “make sure the UK Border Agency does have sufficient staff and resources”.
"While the decision on what level of check should be made at the border is, of course, a matter for government, we are concerned that there is currently a mismatch between policy and resource," a Virgin Airlines spokesperson said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J