Consumer group names Leeds Bradford as UK’s worst airport for security queues

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is the worst in the UK for security queues, with more than a quarter of people facing wait times of more than an hour, according to a rankings list put together by consumer group Which?

The average wait at LBA between February and August was 35 minutes.

The best performer in the list was London City, with average wait times of just 12 minutes. Bristol Airport came second to LBA for longest average waits, with an average of 30 minutes. The average for Heathrow, which was ranked fifth in the list, was 20 minutes.
Travellers reported security queues of more than an hour at nine UK airports, including Bristol (17% of respondents), Birmingham (11%) and Manchester (8%).

Many British airports struggled earlier this year with a surge in demand following the end of pandemic related restrictions, which were exacerbated by staff shortages.

An LBA spokesman told Sky News: “Earlier this year, like many airports across the UK, we had periods of long queueing due to the rapid resumption of international travel after the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

“We were transparent about these difficulties at the time and worked hard to address those short-term issues. We have since significantly reduced queueing in our terminal.

“We remain committed to delivering the best possible passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport and being an outstanding airport for our region.”

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