Almost 70 people missed flights as Leeds Bradford Airport faces staff shortages

By Amelia Riley

Leeds Bradford Airport confirmed that 67 people did not make their flights over the weekend.

Staff shortages brought on long queues at airport security, with the problem getting worse between 5am and 9am, as well as later in the afternoon.

The airport apologised to those who missed their flight and is actively encouraging people to apply for roles in a bid to combat staff shortages.

A spokesperson for LBA said: “We would like to apologise to those impacted and we are working hard to overcome these challenges with ongoing recruitment and training activities and more staff being released to the operation from training each week.

“We have additional opportunities across the operation and encourage anyone looking for work to apply via our website. Unfortunately, these current challenges are an industry-wide problem, caused by the speed of withdrawal of travel restrictions and testing which has led to the rapid recovery of international travel.

“Passenger numbers in March are almost three-times greater than in January, and continue to grow. Airports across the country are being impacted by lead times to recruit and train additional staff.

“We are actively managing queues to pull people to the front as their flights near departure, which ensures that very few passengers have missed flights.

“LBA is confident that, with additional staff being recruited, the situation will return to ‘more normal’ in the coming weeks.”

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