Leeds Bradford Airport described as “bedlam” as chaotic queues form outside departures terminal

Travel Agents are warning passengers should allow extra time at the airport to wait in line.

The airport has been under scrutiny after being ranked the ‘worst airport in Britain’.

Travel Agent Hannah Hughes at Hays Travel shared a word of warning on her Facebook page on Saturday 7 May 2022 along with a photograph showing long queues outside the airport:

queue outside airport.
Image: Hannah Hughes at Hays Travel, Facebook

“Wow Leeds Bradford Airport is exceptionally busy today!!! This is the queue for security which is going right around the airport and all the way outside!!

“Please allow for extra time to pass through the security! Airport staff are calling out flight numbers to fast track customers who’s flights are departing shortly.”

Replying to customer comments and questions, Hughes confirmed the photograph shared was from the Jet2 entrance and went along to the main corridor of the airport and into security, describing the scenes as “bedlam”.

The travel agent did confirm that every say is different, describing the experience each individual holiday-maker may face as “potluck”.

When asked if its worth paying extra to add the comfort of an airport lounge to help alleviate some of the airport stress, Huge warned that there’s a chance lounges will be closed, replying to the question with the comment: “I’ve seen cases of the lounges being closed last minute as the staff are needed elsewhere!”

Last week, Leeds Bradford Airport has received a title no company wants to receive: it’s been ranked joint with Bristol as the worst airport in Britain, according to The Telegraph.

outside airport.
LBA isn’t a popular choice of airport, and was picked up during The Telegraph’s poll. / Image: Wikicommons

As part of its critique, Travel Writer Emma Beaumont pointed out that Leeds Bradford Airport “came bottom for cancellations, with 2.28 per cent of all flights axed last year, according to data from the CAA” but did acknowledge that the airport scored “fairly well in the delay rankings and has a generous 1,440 seats available in the terminal if you need somewhere to wait it out.”

Read More: Leeds Bradford airport ranked ‘worst airport in Britain’

Leeds Bradford Airport isn’t the only airport struggling with long queues amidst staff shortages. Most notably, The Manc reported back in March that Manchester Airport was struggling as passengers travelling through Manchester Airport were being warned that the long queues that have formed in recent weeks are likely to continue.

The queues are likely to continue in the “potluck” style pointed out by Travel Agent Hannah Hughes in the coming weeks as the summer season begins.

Feature Image- Leeds Bradford Airport

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