The head of Heathrow Airport told the Interior Ministry that they would be “caught” on congested roads, which still lead to long delays in border control.,
Hollande on Hollande-Kay said he was not sure the Border Guards were ready to deal with the situation if they eased travel restrictions on May 17.
Some flights were delayed by six hours, but this is a “completely solvable problem,” he told the BBC.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that the circulation of documents and health examinations will mean a delay.
But Mr. Hollande-Kay said that although Heathrow saw only 10% of normal traffic passing through the airport, the border guards still had the same staffing levels.
There were reports last month that passengers at Britain’s largest airport had to wait seven hours to get through immigration control, and three hours was common.
On Thursday, Mr. Hollande-Kay told the BBC that six-hour queues were not “rare” yet.
“We have less than 10% of our regular passengers, but they do [Border Force] do not have fewer employees than they had before the crisis. So this is completely controllable by BF if only they can get their tables working properly. ”
International travel restrictions should not be eased until May 17 at the latest, but there are fears that delays at border controls could worsen once funds are eased.
“We have not seen enough action to be sure that the Border Forces can overcome on May 17,” said Mr. Holland-Kay.
Heathrow’s chief executive said the Home Office should “achieve this to make sure the Border Patrol does not stifle the UK’s economic recovery”.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Internal Affairs said. “We are in a global health epidemic. People should not travel unless absolutely necessary.
“Queues և waiting times will be longer if passengers do not meet the requirements to enter the UK. Airlines will be responsible for ensuring that their flights meet all the necessary requirements, and airports have a significant responsibility to ensure that passengers can have social distance passport control.
“The border guards are checking that each passenger has complied with the current health measures when reaching the border. Passengers now have to wait in line, wait for more than usual. ”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the promised delays will be eased when document control at border controls is automated.
“As we move towards the opening of international destinations, we will address this issue, in particular by starting with the automation of electronic gateways before departure,” he told the House of Commons.
The airport announced on Thursday that it had sunk 32 329 million in the first three months of the year, bringing the total loss to մեկն 2.4 billion since the start of the epidemic.
Only 1.7 million passengers traveled through the airport during the quarter, which is 91% less than in 2019.
Mr Hollande-Kay said the figures reveal the scale of the Covid hit.
Aviation is “destroyed”
Cargo shipments are also down 23% in 2019, highlighting how the lack of flights is affecting UK trade with the rest of the world.
But Mr. Hollande-Kay expressed hope that this is as bad as it is now, when the restrictions on easing are eased, the economies are opening up.
“These results show how Covid has destroyed the aviation sector, the British business,” he said. “The resumption of international travel on May 17 will help kick-start the economic recovery by allowing exporters to bring their goods to market, as well as reunite families separated for more than a year.”
However, he predicted that it would be a long time before travel would return to pre-epidemic levels due to uncertainty over government policy.
Although travel was said to be in high demand, the airport said it had reduced its passenger forecast to 13-36 million for the year. In 2019, 81 million people passed through Heathrow, which is owned by investors, including Spanish Ferrovial, Qatar Investment Authority and China Investment Corp.
Mr Hollande-Kay said the reduction in cash storage costs had put the airport in a strong position to benefit from the resumption of air travel when the time came.
The aviation industry hopes that the process will begin next month if travel restrictions are eased as planned. However, there is still uncertainty about where people will be able to go and how digital vaccine passports will work.
Mr Shapps said he would chair a meeting of G7 transport ministers next week to discuss vaccine passports before announcing which countries might be open to travel for the British in early May.
The epidemic has hit the world’s airlines, with about 50 companies shutting down, including Airbus and Boeing.
On Thursday, Airbus reported a 2% drop in revenue to 10.4 billion euros (20 20 billion) in the first three months of 2021, although it expects aircraft deliveries to customers to increase during the year.
“The first quarter shows that the crisis for our industry is not over, that the market remains uncertain,” said Guillaume Faure, CEO of Airbus.