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The airport was gearing up for certainly one of its busiest weekends of the year to date as faculties shut and the summer time holidays start. But there have been chaotic scenes at Heathrow as pissed off passengers have been compelled to queue for “hours and hours”.

A scarcity of employees and damaged machines have been blamed for the lengthy wait occasions.

The delays meant some passengers arriving at Terminal 2 from amber listing nations missed their pre-booked taxi or coaches.

Ryan Marshall, 30, a constructing web site supervisor who now lives in France, stated: “I’ve been in the Alps for 10 years, but I’m here for my mate’s wedding.

“It solely bought busy after we landed, however the individuals in the back of the queue have been going to be ready for hours and hours.

“Then the machines at passport control broke and there was only one person on the desk checking everyone’s passports.

Thousands of people faced hours of queues at Heathrow Airport today (Image: SWNS)

“My flight landed at 7.30am and it is now 10am, so it is taken me virtually three hours to return via.

“I’ve now missed my coach so have to get the Underground into London and then get a train down to Bournemouth.

“That would not make any sense to me as a result of I’m speculated to be quarantining.

“When I booked a day-five test in Boots, they said there weren’t any available, so come in on day four instead – it’s ridiculous.

“I’m speculated to be going again in three weeks’ time, however the guidelines hold altering so I might need to chop it brief.

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The airport was gearing up for certainly one of its busiest weekends of the year to date as faculties shut and the summer time holidays start (Image: SWNS)

“Going on a stag-do and to a wedding has turned into a month-long trip. It’s put me off coming back to England again.”

John Wilson, 53, who works in telecoms and was returning to the UK from Bucharest, stated: “There were only two people on the desk and the queues were like a fun park, wrapping around and around like a snake.

“We have been midway via ‘the snake’ once we began, however by the point we reached the desk it was all the way in which down the aisle.

“Our flight landed at 8am and it’s now 10.20am, so it’s taken us over two hours to get through.

“I had a taxi booked for 9am however he cancelled on me and charged me £35 as a result of I wasn’t there.

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Heathrow Airport stated it was anticipating to welcome about 128,000 passengers on Saturday and Sunday (Image: SWNS)

“British people seem to just sail through, but for everyone else it was absolutely dreadful.”

Tom O’Connell, 46, a pharmacy proprietor from Putney, west London, stated: “We’ve just arrived from Malta which is a green list country.

“The queues have been completely ridiculous – it took us over an hour to get from the again to the entrance of the queue.

“And then there’s another massive queue to the person checking your papers.

“There’s simply not sufficient employees and over half the machines – round 10 of them – have been boarded off.

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“Most people expect it I guess, but it’s just a disappointing way to enter a country. Plus people coming from different countries are queuing together.

“There’s an indication for pink listing nations, however that is it, everybody else is in the identical boat.

“Not that I’m concerned because I’m double vaccinated. But they tell you to disembark in rows to stop everyone pushing up the queue.

“It appears pointless for those who’re then shoved in a queue with the remainder of the airplane and different passengers.”

Sebastian Dossantos, 20, added: “I’ve come from South Africa, however I needed to cease in Portugal for 10 days.

“I’m here to work in my uncle’s restaurant in Leamington Spa. If I’m honest, it’s been an absolute mission to get here.

“I believe that is the longest queue I’ve ever been in for positive. It took me an hour as a result of there are a whole lot of individuals queuing.

“You could tell people were starting to get anxious. I think there were just too many people coming through.”

Heathrow Airport stated it was anticipating to welcome about 128,000 passengers on Saturday and Sunday – down from every day volumes of round 230,000 to 260,000 in July 2019.

CEO John Holland-Kaye stated: “This weekend is set to be one of the busiest of the year so far. We’re thrilled to see the terminals coming to life again, with most of the shops and restaurants now reopened.

“We have extra colleagues on hand to make sure our passengers have a easy journey as they take well-deserved breaks or journey overseas for long-awaited reunions with family members.”

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