Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

No travel disruption expected at Northern Ireland airports

The George Best Belfast City Airport
The George Best Belfast City Airport

Northern Ireland airports are not expecting any travel disruption over the Easter weekend despite an influx of passengers.

The British Air Transport Association (BATA) had written to the Home Secretary with concerns over possible delays at peak times.

The move came after 11 airlines warned Theresa May that Britain risked gridlock during the Easter period due to staff shortages.

Last night BATA spokesman Simon Buck said fears had been allayed for the time being.

“They have given us assurances that there will be adequate staff at passport control this weekend and we have no specific concerns over any Northern Ireland airports,” Mr Buck said.

“But the proof of the pudding will be in the eating and we should know better by Tuesday.”

More than 100,000 people are expected to travel through Belfast’s airports over Easter.

A Belfast-based source in the immigration office said officials were not expecting any chaos during the holiday period.

“We have enough staff to cope with demand,” said the source.

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