British Airways and Easyjet have sent text alerts to customers warning of delays at EU border controls. BA said it is asking travelers to arrive early as it is expecting longer queues due to "enhanced immigration checks" across Europe.
The airline has already sent text messages to customers flying back from Lyon, Madrid, Barcelona and Milan. Ryanair is also advising customers to arrive at least three hours before the scheduled departure time.
The warning comes as airports prepare for one of the busiest weekends of the summer. Sean Tipton from the Association of British Travel Agents said already a record 2.4 million people set off in one weekend at the beginning of the school holidays.He said: "In most cases people are getting through passport control fairly swiftly but I think there might be an issue with certain airports where they haven't actually considered just dealing with the fact that: record numbers, August, plus these new requirements - they may be understaffed." The aviation minister has promised to urge his EU counterparts to "do all they can."
The European Commission said the delays were "the price of security". Rule changes brought in after recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels mean people entering and leaving the Schengen area, which allows passport-free movement across much of the EU, face more security checks.Under the new measures, details of passengers from non-Schengen countries, such as the UK, are run through databases...