London Heathrow boss said additional COVID-19 paperwork and “bad organization” could cause serious delays at the UK border if international travel restrictions were relaxed next month It was.
The airport revealed on Thursday that the loss from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic had increased to £ 2.4 billion.
Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland Kay said the shortage of border force desks could cause long delays when resuming overseas travel, currently scheduled for May 17. Stated.
“We’re trying to coordinate all the different companies across Heathrow Airport to keep up with growth, including airlines, retailers, grand handlers, police, etc. They’re all in place,” he says. I did.
“I’m concerned about border forces, because they’re struggling despite today’s low volume. At this point, we’re seeing changes that we can be confident that they will be fixed in the coming weeks. I can’t. “
Airport passenger numbers fell 91% in the first three months of the year. However, despite the significant decline, passengers face hours of queuing after getting off the flight.
Passengers arriving in the UK are required to complete a form before traveling to ensure COVID-19 compliance. These documents are checked before boarding the plane, but are also checked by the border guard upon arrival at the UK airport.
However, at one point, some had to wait 6.5 hours because the desks of the two border forces were open to handle hundreds of passengers.
“It’s a bad organization not only for paperwork issues, but for not having enough people on the desk. This is an issue that border forces need to fix before May 17th and manage border forces. “We have filed with the Ministry of Interior,” said Holland Kay.
The Interior Ministry said that some of the longer line responsibilities rest with travelers. “If passengers do not complete the requirements to enter the UK, queues and waiting times will be long,” he said in a statement.
He added that an empty desk could be a sign that border guards were forced to leave the desk because passengers did not fill out the form correctly.
Under the UK Government’s CCP virus regulations, passengers landing in the UK must have evidence of a recent COVID-19 negative test and a completed passenger locator form. Those who arrive without these documents will be fined £ 500 ($ 696).
The airline will also be fined if it fails to verify that the passenger has these documents before arriving in the United Kingdom. The Civil Aviation Authority has imposed 630 fines on airlines since February 11, the Department of Transportation (DfT) said Tuesday.
PA contributed to this report.