Saturday 24 March 2018

Airlines warn of passport 'chaos'

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Holidaymakers flying home from Europe this weekend are being urged to arrive at airports at least three hours before their flight because of chaos caused by new passport controls.

Queues of up to four hours have been reported since the introduction of more stringent checks on travellers entering and leaving the Schengen area, which allows passport-free movement across much of the EU.

Airports in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Belgium have been affected.

The situation could worsen this weekend as lobby group Airlines For Europe (A4E) warned it will be one of the busiest of the year, with 10 million people expected to pass through European airports today and tomorrow combined.

Some airports, such as Majorca, are predicted to experience double their usual demand.

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have all alerted passengers to the need to turn up at airports earlier than normal.

Ryanair issued an alert which urged its customers to arrive "at least three hours before the scheduled departure time".

Irish Independent

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