Airline boss delivers warning for travellers to most popular holiday haunts

By Linsey McNeill
15/03/2023
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An airline boss is warning British tourists could be held in long queues at airports in Spain’s most popular destinations, including the Canaries, the Balearics, Alicante and Malaga this summer.

A similar warning was issued by Spain’s tourism alliance Exceltur ahead of last summer, when there were queues of up to four hours for Brits arriving at several airports, including Palma, Malaga and Alicante.

Last weekend, reports say many passengers arriving at Madrid risked missing connecting flights because of long processing times. Post-Brexit, it is taking longer for Brits to clear immigration in Spain due to the additional checks required.

President of the Spanish association of airlines ALA, Javier Gándara, told news reporters in Spain that the situation is ‘completely unacceptable’.

He has called on the Ministry for Interior to make sure the necessary resources are available in all Spanish airports to handle the influx of tourists at the beginning of the summer season.

Some 13 million UK tourists travelled to Spain last year, at a time when airports there were suffering from the same staff shortages as endured in the UK.

Numbers are expected to be higher this year and Mr Gándara suggested more resources are needed if they are to avoid similar queue times to last summer.

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