Holidaymakers are facing delays at security at Manchester Airport – because of their winter woollies.Officials say many passengers are wearing extra layers of clothing to keep warm during the cold weather, but are having to remove them at security.
That slows down the security process at departures and means queues are getting longer. Airport chiefs are now asking people to take off extra layers, mainly jackets and coats, before they get to the security area.
– Airport customer services director, Tricia Williams
We would like to remind passengers to ensure they remove extra layers such as winter coats, scarfs, hats and gloves before they get to the checkpoint. It might only take 30 extra seconds, which is fairly insignificant individually, but when multiplied by hundreds of passengers it can really slow things down – especially when it’s busy, like this weekend.”
The airport is expecting 215,000 passengers from today to Easter Monday as sun-seekers flee the unseasonable chill.
The figure is up six per cent on the previous Easter when 203,000 passengers passed through the doors.
It means that the airport will record its busiest Easter since 2007. A spokesman credited the rise to a surge in late bookings to sunny destinations.
Popular routes include the Canary Islands, Turkey, and Egypt. Long-haul services to Dubai, Washington, Singapore and Moscow are also performing strongly.
Weather forecasters predict that the cold snap will continue throughout the Easter weekend.
The Met Office is warning that temperatures could plummet to minus 3C tonight – and there is a risk of further sleet and snow showers.
Experts say driving conditions could be tricky because of ice and snow.