Queues at Heathrow Becoming Untenable

Photo: Heathrow Airport.

LONDON – Heathrow is considered one of the busiest airports in the world. Since the pandemic, the passenger traffic at the airport was low. But as travel demand is returning, the passenger ratios are rising.

Chief Solutions Officer at Heathrow, Chris Garton told the media that Heathrow is currently facing long queues at the Airport.

The officer also said that these long lines are becoming “untenable”. Some of the Passengers had to wait for six hours in the lines.

The reason behind this was that all passengers who enter or leave the UK are required to be vetted. This process is required at Heathrow to stop the spread of COVID.

The Government of the UK has confirmed that International travel will be resumed by 17 of May. But as we saw long queues at the airport, we are still unsure how Heathrow will handle the traffic after May 17th. According to Mr Garton, he said that the queues will get “much bigger” after the bans are lifted.

At the current time, only 10-15,000 people arrive at Heathrow airport Daily. Average passengers face a delay of 2 to 3 hours.

These numbers will increase after 17 May. Mr. Garton also revealed that passengers will still be required for the Covid Test even if they are from countries with low cases.

There might be some new techniques used at the airport to keep the traffic flowing smoothly, but still we have no clues how Heathrow will handle this.

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