Airport staff security checks accelerated to ease disruption
The government says security clearance for new airport workers are being completed in record time.
The Department for Transport said checks for workers are now being processed in less than 10 days on average, which is about half the time compared to March.
However, it hasn’t yet translated to an easing of flight delays and cancellations.
Separate accreditation checks are also speeding up, the DfT said.
New aviation workers are now allowed to begin training before clearing mandatory security checks.
The government issued a 22-point plan to tackle the disruption that has caused months of airport chaos.
The action plan includes measures such as s a slot rule amnesty and passengers must be quickly informed of their consumer rights.
The plan has been criticised as nearly all the measures have been previously announced.
“These re-announced half-measures will do little to clear the huge delays in security checks and tackle chronic low pay ,” Shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh said.
Passengers face more disruption with strike action by Ryanair staff in Spain, and planned cancellations at Heathrow kick in.