Reinforcements from Manchester brought in to end Heathrow Airport passport queues: Standard

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Heathrow, Manchester Airport
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[Evening Standard] Extra passport staff were drafted into Heathrow today as passengers complained of continuing border delays at the airport.

UK Border Force officers had been flown in from Manchester in a bid to reduce the queues

UK Border Force officers had been flown in from Manchester in a bid to reduce the queues

Lucy Moreton, from the Immigration Services Union, said UK Border Force officers had been flown in from Manchester in a bid to reduce the queues which have seen passengers forced to wait for hours to enter the country. Downing Street today blamed the rain for some of the problems, saying that “severe weather conditions” had led to planes being delayed and queues building up.

But Steve Ridgway, the head of Virgin Atlantic, accused ministers of economic “madness”. He said the Government had cut border guard numbers without ensuring that adequate technology was available to replace them — and warned that ministers were jeopardising the country’s prosperity when Britain needed “everything it can get” from overseas business and tourism.

There were new reports of long queues today as passengers arriving from North America into Terminal 3 complained of large numbers of unmanned passport desks. Matthew Killick, 41 who flew in from Halifax, in Canada, said:

“There were not enough people checking passports. It was like……

 Read the full story at This is London…..


Martin Bentham
30 April 2012


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