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View nickyf's Profile nickyf 10 May 22 7.48pm Send a Private Message to nickyf Add nickyf as a friend


Having seen reports on tv and in papers was wondering if people can share and keep everyone with recent updates as to what airports they used and how long it took to get through check-in and security don't always believe what's in the news but trust people on here will give your the truth.

 

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View eagleman13's Profile eagleman13 Flag On The Road To Hell & Alicante 10 May 22 8.00pm Send a Private Message to eagleman13 Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add eagleman13 as a friend

Originally posted by nickyf


Having seen reports on tv and in papers was wondering if people can share and keep everyone with recent updates as to what airports they used and how long it took to get through check-in and security don't always believe what's in the news but trust people on here will give your the truth.

Not sure where you're planning on going, Elche Airport(Alicante) will be a nightmare for Brits going to Benni, they only have 1 Border Control each for pax & family's to get through, they tell you to be at the airport 2hrs before departure, you might want to be there 3hrs before. GTW was fine, though it depends what time your flight arrives.

 


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View Hannes's Profile Hannes Flag Vienna 10 May 22 8.49pm Send a Private Message to Hannes Add Hannes as a friend

It might be a bit outdated, but for information: I flew back from Gatwick South Terminal to Vienna exactly a fortnight ago. I got an email from Wizz telling me to be there early as they were expecting longer queues: The result: showed up at airport 3 hours before departure, 1 passenger in front of me at the Wizz counter, nobody in front of me at the electronic passport control, 2 passengers in front of me at the security check, arrived at the gates 2:40h before departure! I then decided to celebrate this at Weatherspoons, where I encountered the longest queue of the afternoon, but after 5-6 customers and a wait of about 5 minutes, I had my beer.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 10 May 22 9.34pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

End of April Heathrow T5 was a nightmare 2 hours to drop my bag off and get through security.

I am going to T2 on Thursday so I am hoping that things have improved.

Airport delays are such a regular occurrence that the media has stopped reporting them except when they are really bad. All I can suggest is check in online and get their early.

Edited by Badger11 (10 May 2022 9.37pm)

 


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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 10 May 22 10.06pm Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Gatwick are having problems recruiting Security staff, post pandemic. They decided to lay people off rather than furlough them. Consequences are, staff do not want to return given the appalling shift patterns, pay etc.
What I will say is that queues on departures have nothing to do with BF, despite what some say, totally down to Airport authorities

Edited by Spiderman (10 May 2022 10.08pm)

 

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View HKOwen's Profile HKOwen Flag Hong Kong 10 May 22 10.56pm Send a Private Message to HKOwen Add HKOwen as a friend

A very useful thread, thank you.

Would be useful to also see what times people arrived at airports.

Edited by HKOwen (10 May 2022 10.57pm)

 


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View Dubai Eagle's Profile Dubai Eagle Flag 11 May 22 6.59am Send a Private Message to Dubai Eagle Add Dubai Eagle as a friend

Gatwick North 3 weeks ago - Booked long stay car park kept getting messages that dont turn up at the car park unless pre - booked because of high volumes - I booked the premium security service (5) because of all the media coverage about long queues, arrived at the airport car park about 05.30 hours & was in the queue for wetherspoons by 06.10 hours - so I was glad I did & the airport terminal building was packed.

Couple days ago - my boss was in Birmingham seeing customers, he had the evening flight back to Belfast, he allowed 2 hours from arrival at the terminal building (which was normally plenty of time) due to delays checking in & in security he ended up missing the flight.

 

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View The Dolphin's Profile The Dolphin Flag 11 May 22 7.01am Send a Private Message to The Dolphin Add The Dolphin as a friend

Not only are airports etc struggling to recruit staff but due to so many public servants wfh it is proving difficult for people to get security access etc when they are ready to work - so I heard anyway.

 

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View ouzo's Profile ouzo Flag Rafina 11 May 22 7.08am Send a Private Message to ouzo Add ouzo as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

End of April Heathrow T5 was a nightmare 2 hours to drop my bag off and get through security.

I am going to T2 on Thursday so I am hoping that things have improved.

Airport delays are such a regular occurrence that the media has stopped reporting them except when they are really bad. All I can suggest is check in online and get their early.

Edited by Badger11 (10 May 2022 9.37pm)

I will going through T2 in 4 weeks time so if you could update us on your experience I would be most grateful.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 11 May 22 7.36am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by ouzo

I will going through T2 in 4 weeks time so if you could update us on your experience I would be most grateful.

Will do.

Another suggestion I forgot to mention don't rely on food on the aircraft. Many airlines are not doing it or are doing like BA a packet of crisps (I kid you not) and you can't even buy a sandwich.

I was lucky after the 2 hours to get through the airport I just had enough time to get breakfast, most of the people on the flight didn't and were upset they were unable to buy any food on the plane.

So get their early, expect the worse be patient and have a meal before you board.

Edited by Badger11 (11 May 2022 7.37am)

 


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View AERO's Profile AERO Flag 11 May 22 7.57am Send a Private Message to AERO Add AERO as a friend

Went to Tenerife last week Gatwick North.Told to arrive early for 7am flight .Got there 5am straight through no problems same return. Easy Jet Very little food on board so would advise bring your own same on return.

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 11 May 22 8.48am Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

This flying malarky, to get away for a break,....sounds very much a nightmare. Plus Covid restrictions/infection rates at destinations are likely to be similar to UK.

 


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