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Airlines concerned about security delays at Barcelona Airport

Aceta association estimates a thousand passengers have missed flights since hold-ups at checkpoints began on July 24

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01 August 2017 06:53 PM

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ACN | Madrid

Passengers are not the only ones troubled by the recent delays at Barcelona Airport. The association of Spanish airline companies, Aceta, has expressed its concern over the hold-ups at airport security checkpoints over the past few days. In a statement, the organization called for measures to avoid the situation getting worse “as soon as possible”, particularly as passenger numbers at the airport are set to rise with the start of the August vacation, and with an indefinite strike by security workers due to begin on Friday.

  • "We believe that what is required is a solution to the serious inconvenience experienced by passengers, apart from the negative image of Spain that is being projected overseas, and the impact on the operation of airline companies due to the delays"

    Aceta · The association of Spanish airline companies

"We believe that what is required is a solution to the serious inconvenience experienced by passengers, apart from the negative image of Spain that is being projected overseas, and the impact on the operation of airline companies due to the delays," reads the statement.

Aceta warns that the security hold-ups are forcing some airlines to delay take off so as to wait for passengers caught in the long lines at airport security. In fact, the association points out that some companies, such as Vueling, are having to delay more than 30% of their flights with up to 50 passengers unable to get to the boarding gate on time. Aceta estimates that the delays have prevented around a thousand passengers from boarding their flights since the incidents began on July 24.

The association calls on all parties involved to work towards quickly restoring normality at the airport. “We have to ensure the good functioning of our airports so as to offer an optimal service to passengers in order to guarantee the correct operation of airline companies and to preserve Spain’s good image abroad," says the statement.

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  • Passengers waiting in line to get past the security control at Barcelona Airport (by ACN)

  • Passengers waiting in line to get past the security control at Barcelona Airport (by ACN)

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