Simple Flying - Molly Russell
In the ongoing struggle for airports across the United Kingdom to ramp up staff numbers, Leeds Bradford is the latest to report increasing queues and wait times. According to airport CEO Vincent Hodder, roughly 390 passengers have missed flights due to check-in delays, likely caused by holidaymakers arriving early to avoid potential queues in the first place.
The airport has since apologized for issues at the airport, noting that it was working hard to overcome the recruitment issues while safely managing queues.
Leeds Bradford is not alone with staffing issues, with airports across the United Kingdom, including London Gatwick and Manchester, seeing dramatically lowered staff numbers due to mass layoffs during the pandemic. Leeds Bradford made around 180 staff redundant between 2020 and 2021. Hodder noted,