Friday, June 9, 2023

Unprecedented delays at airports and seaports due to Brexit and staff shortages

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Delays are increasing at British airports. / photo file

Thousands of passengers are facing last-minute flight delays and cancellations as a result of staff shortages at UK airports, as well as additional post-Brexit passport controls and seals at major ports connecting the United Kingdom with France. Unprecedented delays are being faced due to installation.

Airports and Airlines Job cuts during pandemic lockdown They are having trouble hiring more workers as demand for tourism increases.

in addition to the following Long queues and thousands of canceled flightsproblems includeDelays for passengers with reduced mobility and bags that do not travel with passengers or that arrive late and are stored at airports.

Last week, Heathrow air terminal, the largest in the United Kingdom, went so far as to ask airlines not to sell more tickets because they cannot cope with a rebound in air travel.

The airport had to limit the number of passengers departing each day during the peak summer months to 100,000, which is currently 4,000 fewer than scheduled.

Gatwick, the UK’s second largest airport, also had to reduce the number of flights during the peak summer season due to staff shortages.

Earlier in the week, passengers heaved a sigh of relief when hundreds of British Airways employees at Heathrow airport called off a strike after reaching an agreement for an 8% pay increase.

A total of 700 workers, mostly billing workers, declared unemployment during the boreal summer due to a 10% pay cut imposed during the pandemic.

The move was expected to create more problems and cause severe disruption and cancellations for passengers during busy holiday periods.

vacationers also had There was a delay of up to six hours in passing border control through the Channel Tunnel connecting with FranceWhose officials say the long queues are the result of a huge increase in travel following the pandemic, combined with passport controls following the British exit from the European Union (EU).

The problem began over the weekend and spread throughout the week, with huge queues at the ports of Dover and Folkestone as tourists and truck drivers tried to cross into France.

French authorities attributed the delay to additional checking and stamping of British passports.

However, the British government has assured that travel delays are caused by a number of factors and do not necessarily mean they have left the European bloc on December 31, 2020.

Because of the freedom of movement between EU countries, before Brexit, there was little need for strict border controls.

Because of the freedom of movement between EU countries, before Brexit, there was little need for strict border controls.

French authorities will now have to stamp the passport and carry out a series of checks: check that the traveler has not been in the EU for more than 90 days in the last 180 days, check if they have at least 3 months left on their passport If the traveler has a return ticket, has travel insurance, or has money to stay in the country of destination.

For example, Britons traveling to Spain must have £85 a day to spend under the new rules.

Transport expert Simon Calder told the BBC that checking each person could take up to a minute instead of a few seconds.

While the Port of Dover’s executive director, Doug Bannister, for his part indicated to the British media that the French border police did not have enough personnel.

Problems may increase even more next year When the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is in place for the British, a visa waiver program is exactly the same as for citizens of certain nationalities in the United States.

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