Birmingham Airport: passengers stuck in queues outside for the second time in a week

Passengers turn to social media to show frustration at queues stretching outside Birmingham Airport terminal

Holidaymakers at Birmingham Airport were stuck outside in long security queues for the second time this week.

Photos posted on social media at around 6am show queues strectching outside of the terminal on Friday morning (24 June). Passengers also had to wait in long security queues on Tuesday (21 June).

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Travellers and staff have endured a tough few weeks at airports across the country - including Birmingham - due to the rise in demand with many families and friends looking to get abroad for the first sping and summer in a couple of years without Covid restrictions.

Birmingham Airport on Friday morning (24 June)

The increase in demand and lack of staff at Birmingham Airport has caused travel chaos for many, with long queues and waiting times, with some passengers even missing their flights in recent weeks.

Following the busy Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, the issue seemed to ease off, but travellers have once again been hit by travel chaos this week.

Birmingham Airport

What have passengers said about queues on Friday, June 24?

Posting on Twitter this morning, one woman said: “Queues huge at Birmingham Airport but got through surprisingly quickly, about an hour. Staff working really hard to keep things moving. Thank you.”

Another wrote: “Not the best start but Airport kept everyone moving and had some lovely staff on helping so it wasn’t too bad. Took an hour to get through to departures.”

Another Twitter user described the queues as a ‘disgrace’.

You can see some of the latest tweets about the airport on Friday morning below:

What has Birmingham Airport said?

A spokesman for the airport, said: “Around half of the 21,000 customers booked to depart BHX today (Friday, June 24) were airborne before 9am after going through our pre-flight security screening. Queues were long this morning but managed and moving. We thank customers for their patience and good humour.

“And, as always, big ‘thank you’ to customers who present compliant baggage at our x-ray scanners - with all liquids, gels, pastes and electrical items removed. That helps keep everyone moving. And it helps our security officers keep everyone safe.”

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