Thursday 19 April 2018

Revealed: The airports you're most likely to get stuck in a queue at this summer

Passengers queue at Barcelona's El Prat airport as security agents strike on August 4, 2017, in Barcelona.
Passengers queue at Barcelona's El Prat airport as security agents strike on August 4, 2017, in Barcelona.

Hugh Morris

Holidaymakers flying in and out of Europe’s most popular summer airports should expect to face lengthy delays this summer after the EU tightened its border controls.

Airlines 4 Europe (A4E), an airline lobby group, said that passengers will experience the longest waits if travelling into airports that receive large numbers of tourists from countries outside the Schengen Area, such as Ireland.

Destinations in Spain and its islands are already fit to burst this summer after thousands of holidaymakers eschewed the likes of Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, each suffering from instability or terrorism, to head to western Europe.

A4E highlighted the following airports as ones where visitors are likely to be stuck in long queues to get through passport control.


Which airports are most likely to be affected?

  • Palma Airport, Majorca
  • Malaga, Spain
  • Paris-Orly, France
  • Lyon, France
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Milan Malpensa and Bergamo, Italy


Barcelona's El Prat is also likely to host large queues after staff at the Spanish airport began a series of hour-long strikes over the weekend. They are set to continue every weekend throughout August.

Social media users flying into Majorca last week took to Twitter to post photos of long queues, while Jet2, a budget carrier that flies thousands of holidaymakers into Palma, said it was aware of possible queues.

"Please be prepared for long queues for both arrivals and departures," it said in a statement. "This is due to a new EU regulation that requires a different passport checking process for all passengers.

"We wouldn’t want you to miss your flight, so please allow extra time to pass through security as our flights are still departing at the scheduled times."

The airline also warned the same of customers flying into Barcelona and Malta.

  • Barcelona Airport, Spain
  • Malta Airport, Malta

British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair joined Jet2 in warning its customers that there might be delays in passing through border control. BA said to allow extra time for passengers' journeys through airports.

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