As one Easter weekend travel disruption is called off, another looms. A return to 100% passport checks at the borders when staff numbers have been cut will cause gridlock over the weekend claim some airlines.
The British Air Transport Association (BATA) has written to Home Secretary Theresa May on behalf of eleven major airlines including Virgin, BMI, Easyjet and British Airways to express concern over the situation.
According the the Daily Mail, Virgin has sent a separate memo saying airport operation will be at risk as delayed passengers fill airport terminals.
The memo said: “At peak travel periods, such as the Easter holidays, there is a very real chance of gridlock at UK airports.
“The UK Border Force has been streamlined in recent years with 25 per cent fewer border officers and an increasing emphasis on technology such as passenger e-gates. We fear that this level of resource is incompatible with a return to 100 per cent checks and if left unaddressed will cause congestion at UK airports.”
A UK Border Force spokesman said: “We’re working with airlines to ensure security is maintained and disruption is minimised. There is no evidence that there is going to be disruption.”
Hundreds of thousands of people were allowed to enter the UK last month without being checked against a Home Office watch list.