A warning that some UK airports could be forced to close over the Christmas period has been issued by the Border Force’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Dann
Steve Dann said officials had a “reasonable expectation” that “most if not all ports” would remain open, however, they were unable to guarantee that they would.
He added, “Border Force’s number one priority to is keep our citizens safe and borders secure. We are working together with partners across the travel industry to ensure we can continue to meet critical demand and support the flow of passengers and goods through our border.”
While the scenario remains “unlikely”, airports are putting together operational plans in case of the worst-case scenario that airports will close. Army staff are being trained and drafted in, along with civil servants and other volunteers.
Passengers have been advised to contact their airlines before travelling if they have flights booked during strike dates to check for any disruption.
Mr. Dann said passengers should “be prepared for disruption and take action to plan ahead” and expect longer wait times.
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