Airlines UK comments on the ongoing problems of long queues at European airports as a result of changes to security measures at the border.

August 1, 2017

Commenting on the ongoing problems of long queues at European airports as a result of changes to security measures at the border, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said:

“Airlines UK wrote to the Department for Transport about this issue back in May, following similar problems reported at some airports, notably in southern Europe, over the busy Easter period. Ministers responded in June to say they were encouraged by the lack of any further reports of disruption since the implementation of these changes. Clearly the situation has changed markedly as we enter peak holiday season, and it is now up to the UK Government to work with industry to use whatever influence it can within the EU to persuade Schengen Member States to resource their border operations properly. This ‘resourcing up’ has failed to happen thus far and it is passengers and consumers – many of whom are from the UK – who are suffering as a consequence.”