Spain travel warning issued as thousands of Brits miss their flights at passport control

Huge queues at passport control were caused by a shortage of staff, and there are fears that the trend may continue into the summer

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Chaos in Spanish airports has resulted in thousands of passengers missing their flights, with calls for more staff to be recruited in order to combat excessive queues.

Huge queues at passport control were caused by a shortage of staff, and there are fears that the trend may continue into the summer.

Around 3,000 passengers missed their flights at Madrid Airport over Easter break due to long queues, according to local media.

Huge queues were seen at Madrid Airport due to the lack of staff.
Huge queues were seen at Madrid Airport due to the lack of staff.

President of the Líneas Aéreas association, Javier Gándara, wants more National Police officers drafted in to check passports, due to fears that similar scenes may occur in the summer.

He said: "There have already been problems at the airports over Easter and we need to avoid this happening in peak season.

"That’s why it’s important that enough police officers are assigned to handle the high numbers of passengers".

Tourists will hope that the situation can be remedied for the summer holidays.
Tourists will hope that the situation can be remedied for the summer holidays.

Tourists have taken to Twitter to vent their fury over their queuing experiences during the Easter break.

One user wrote: "Sitting in Malaga airport to return. What a joke! A huge queue for UK passengers stretching all the way back to duty free exit".

Many who have been left stranded in Spain have voiced their frustrations at the inefficiencies on social media platforms.
Many who have been left stranded in Spain have voiced their frustrations at the inefficiencies on social media platforms.

Another added: "Was there at end of February and had to start queuing halfway down the shop promenade. Took 45 minutes to get to the gate".

While the country is starting to scrap their Covid travel laws, Brits could face a surprise when going on holiday to Spain, as a new rule means they will have to provide evidence of having enough cash for the duration of their stay.

All visitors from third countries will have to show they have the equivalent of €100 (£75) per day of their stay.