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Belfast International Airport asks passengers to arrive two hours before flights

Belfast International Airport has asked passengers to arrive two hours before flights due to "significant issues" with security staffing levels. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Marie Louise McConville

Belfast International Airport has asked passengers to arrive two hours before flights due to "significant issues" with security staffing levels.

The airport this week apologised to frustrated passengers, who have repeatedly complained about long queues for security clearance.

Wilson James took over the airport's security services on November 1.

A spokeswoman for the airport said the firm are currently undertaking a recruitment drive with 50 vacancies available.

"We understand our passengers frustration with security queuing times at Belfast International Airport and we apologise for the inconvenience this has caused," she said.

"We have experienced significant issues with security staffing levels over the past six months which have impacted upon the operation.

"Our new security provider, Wilson James, took over this contact on 1 November and have an ongoing recruitment drive with 50 vacancies currently available at enhanced rates of pay."

Saying staff were working as quickly as possible to resolve the issues "the recruitment, training and security clearance of staff will take time to implement".

"We would ask all our passengers to arrive two hours before their flight and fully prepared for the security search process as this will speed up processing times for everyone".

In a statement Wilson James said added: "We are pleased to confirm that the recruitment process for 50 employees is already under way and candidates are moving through a rigorous security vetting process to ensure that aviation security standards are maintained".

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