Budget announcement on ePassport gates a welcome step in the right direction

October 29, 2018

Responding to the announcement at the Budget that access to ePassport gates at the border at UK airports will be extended to visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said:

“As passenger numbers continue to rise, UK Border Force must be adequately resourced and adopt new approaches in order to prevent a repeat of last summer, where lengthy border queues were experienced at a number of UK airports. This announcement is a welcome step in the right direction, enabling millions more travellers to be processed more quickly. It’s important now to ensure Government rapidly implements the required technical changes so passengers can take advantage as quickly as possible.”