Travelling to Europe this summer? Prepare for long lines and delays

Marcus Newton
August 4, 2017

Some passengers have missed their flights or been forced to queue for up to four hours while leaving or arriving for their holiday, Europe's largest airline association has warned.

She urged independent travellers to check for delays with their airlines and "ensure they factor these longer queuing times into their travel plans when flying".

Just 78% of the Dublin-based carrier's flights were on time on Tuesday, down from 90% during the month of August as a whole a year ago.

A group representing airlines including Ryanair, easyJet and IAG, Airlines for Europe, said some people were in queues for up to four hours.

Brussels has introduced new passport checks have been introduced for United Kingdom residents and other citizens of non-Schengen countries following the terror attacks across Europe.

A4E managing director Thomas Reynaert said passengers had been left "devastated".

A Dublin Airport spokesman has down played fears of delays this weekend and has said the extra passport checks in place at airports within the Schengen Area did not apply in Dublin.

New security checks at many European Union airports have led to United Kingdom travellers facing long waits and some have even missed their flights.

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This has taken up to two minutes per passenger which has led to delays.

Airports popular with British tourists, including Paris, Madrid and Lisbon, could see queues stretching hundreds of metres as the lengthy checks are imposed on entry and exit.

"Aer Lingus guests travelling from Dublin Airport to the United States are being advised, via our social channels, aerlingus.com and via SMS, to arrive a minimum of three hours ahead of their scheduled departure to ensure the necessary time needed to complete USA pre-clearance before their flight", a spokeswoman said.

"It is also extremely important that border control check points are sufficiently resourced".

Travellers at Barcelona's El Prat airport have faced further disruption in the past week amid unofficial strike action by security staff.

She said it was the responsibility of member states to provide enough resources to make the checks "as smooth as possible", adding it was "very clear that member states had time to prepare".

The delays are reportedly being caused by the introduction of newly-toughened and more time consuming immigration checks. If you've been affected as a passenger, or work at an airport, we'd like you to share your experience with us.

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