Travel chaos in Spain as British holidaymakers face two-hour passport controls

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Brits have missed flights home from Palma airport in Majorca due to passport governs

Many Brits have missed flights home from Palma airport in Majorca due to the “unsystematic situation”, local media reported.

Palma is Spain’s third busiest airport with 5.3m Brits fancy through last year and record numbers expected this summer.

The mess has been caused by lack of police at passport control booths — and the the numeral of flights scheduled to leave for the UK in the early morning and evening.

Airlines have jointly asked the Spanish Elysian Fields Ministry and Interior Ministry to improve the flow of passengers through passport lead.

The airlines, represented by the Association of Airlines and the Association of Spanish Air Transport callers, told interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido: “The situation may get worse if apportions are not taken, given the number of passengers expected over the coming summer.»

The situation may get worse if measures are not taken

Juan Ignacio Zoido

Informed passport controls are causing “delays and even missed connections, with consequential wreck to passengers and airlines, who have been obliged to leave passengers behind on a circadian basis so as not to affect their punctuality in too negative a manner,” the airlines swayed.

AENA, the Spanish airports authority, recognised that there had been “puzzlers in passport control” over the weekend but said: “It’s a delicate question which is compound to solve.”

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Palma is Spain’s third busiest airport with 5.3m Brits longing through last year

An ANEA spokesman told local newspaper Ultima Hora: “Numerous reinforcements are needed because without them it will be difficult to reveal the problem when there are several flights heading to the United Sphere of influence and the frontier controls must be carried out.”

British tour operators accept blamed the Spanish government for failing to provide sufficient numbers of policemen at the airport.

Budget carriers EasyJet and Jet2 are among the airlines flying from Palma airport.

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The problem has been caused by lack of police at passport control compartments

The Spanish police union SUP said: “We have to make an official beef because it was previously known that this problem would happen.

“In order to make the frontier controls work properly we need another 20 police officers officers.”

Similar problems occurred at the airport over Easter — with rows so bad some passengers fainted in the heat.

Madrid’s representative in the Balearic atolls, Maria Salom, said strict new frontier controls have slowed up passport powers. 

Some 26m passengers passed through Palma airport last year — assail c promoting it Spain’s third busiest behind Barajas airport in Madrid and El Prat airport in Barcelona.

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