Manchester Airport queues 'a shambles', say angry passengers

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Queues at the airportImage source, Martin Daniels
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Travellers had to queue on the bridge connecting terminals at Manchester Airport

Angry passengers have again faced long queues at Manchester Airport, with some describing the conditions there as a "shambles" and "utter chaos".

Magician Martin Daniels said it took him 90 minutes just to reach the check-in desks, with "people panicking".

Manchester Airport apologised for the inconvenience, acknowledging it took some people an hour to get through security earlier on Tuesday.

The airport has blamed staff shortages and a post-pandemic spike in demand.

Mr Daniels, son of the late magician Paul Daniels, said he was trying to catch a flight to Palma to work on a cruise ship for five days.

"I was worried I was gonna miss my flight," said the 58-year-old. "The queue stretched way out of the terminal.

"Thankfully they got things moving. But a lot of people were panicking."

Other passengers also vented their anger.

Mhari Oaks described the airport as "absolute chaos" and "hell".

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Sarah Thompson, who was stuck in a queue at 05:00 BST, said: "T2 Manchester Airport security lanes are long. Forty minutes and counting.

"Definitely need a 3 hour check-in this time of day."

Meanwhile Ozzy Hamid described the airport as "absolute carnage" at 06:00 and feared missing his flight.

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Travellers have faced long queues for check-in and security at various airports across the UK since the middle of March.

Passengers have also experienced travel disruption with cancelled flights and long queues to collect their luggage.

Image source, Susie Brinkworth
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There were long queues inside the terminal

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: "We apologise to any passengers whose experience at Manchester Airport this morning was not how they would like it to be.

"As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we continue to advise customers there may be some times when security queues are longer than usual, which is why we advise people to arrive three hours before their flights."

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