Fresh UK airport chaos as Bristol and Manchester hit with massive TWO HOUR queues


Some passengers looking to jet off from regional transport hugs Manchester and Bristol airports have found themselves stuck in lines yet again on Wednesday morning

Manchester Airport has once again been hit by queues this morning
Manchester Airport has once again been hit by queues this morning

Brits traveling through two of the countries major airports are already finding themselves caught up in “massive queues”.

Bristol and Manchester airports are once again enduring chaotic mornings a holiday makers eager to jet off abroad are flocking to the travel hugs in great number.

Despite pleas to arrive at the airports early to avoid queues which have become a feature in recent weeks, lengthy lines to check in remain an issue.

At Bristol Airport operations have started slowly this morning, with passengers getting stuck in queues lasting for two hours.

Some have complained of how “no staff” at the West Country travel hub had led to “massive queues”, while one passenger said it took nearly two hours to get through bag drop and then security.

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Passengers at Manchester Airport said they’ve had to queue out the door this morning



Photos on social media also show people queuing out of the door at the airport.

Shelle Rodway wrote online: “Absolute shambles at Bristol Airport this morning!

“With summer season approaching you need to sort this out! Nearly two hours from bag drop and through security.”

Ann Russell added: “Stuck in security, 12 security stations but only four open. At least eight easyJet flights going between 5.55 and 7am, let alone the other flights that hour.”

It is by no means the first time in recent weeks that Bristol Airport customers have found themselves frustrated and held up.

Last weekend an IT issue at the airport caused delays to flights on Sunday morning, when huge queues were seen at the airport’s check-in desk before 3am in the morning on May 1.

It took until close to 8am that day before extra staff had been brought in to sort the problem out and get operations running smoothly again.

Passengers at Bristol Airport endured lengthy waits on Sunday



Just yesterday Ann Russell found herself stuck in a long wait despite arriving particularly early for her flight.

“We were there 3.30am yesterday but were told to arrive by EasyJet two hours before our 6am flight,” she wrote.

“We took 1 hr 20 to drop bags and queue for security so were fine, but if we had waited until 4am no chance.”

Bristol Airport recently issued fresh advice to urge travelers to “plan ahead” of their upcoming journeys due to high demand.

Manchester Airport, which has been at the heart of British travel chaos for the past month, looks to be gearing up for another day in which operations run less than smoothly.

Some people who traveled to the airport for a connection to a cruise found themselves frustrated this morning.

Shortly before 5am passenger Francesca Wellman wrote: “The Tui check-in queue at Manchester Airport goes back to the Radisson door.”

Robert Wellman: “This morning people are queuing back to Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport trying to get on a Tui flight to join Discovery 2 in Palma despite being there three hours prior to flight.”

On Monday months of delays at Manchester Airport continued with long lines


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The North West airport has been struggling with high demand and staffing issues this spring, leading to queues sometimes so long that passengers have abandoned their bags in a bid to catch their flights.

The problem reached such a pitch last month that the council – which is a major stakeholder in the airport – sent in its own workers to help out.

In April Karen Smart, the managing director of Manchester Airports Group, resigned from her position.

On Monday and Tuesday Liverpool fans using the airport to fly out to Villarreal found themselves caught up in the chaos.

Yesterday Kristian Walsh, Liverpool fan and Senior Sport Editor, tweeted about his experience, saying: “Manchester Airport s like the Hunger Games here.”

A spokesperson for Bristol Airport said: “We apologize to customers impacted by above average queue times early on Wednesday 4 May.

“We work closely with all business partners to ensure staffing levels are sufficient to provide a good service to passengers.

“However, on some occasions staff shortages can impact on waiting times and service standards. We constantly review resourcing across all areas and adapt plans to meet demand and build in resilience where possible.

“During the busy summer season we advise all customers to arrive in the terminal a minimum of two hours before scheduled flight departure time to allow sufficient time to complete all the necessary check-in, bag-drop, security, and boarding processes ahead of their flight.”

Manchester Airport has been contacted for comment.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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