Irish tourists going on holiday in early summer in May have been warned of potential airport delays in Spain.
Some of the country’s busiest airports reported huge delays over Easter and could face the same scrutiny at the start of the summer holiday season.
Several airports across the country have seen passengers share concerns about delays, cancellations, overbooked flights and checked baggage issues.
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Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is said to be the worst hit by the problems according to reports in Spain.
Local media outlet Reclamador explained: “This position may be due, to a large extent, to the very high number of flights that were operated from Wednesday to Monday during Easter week, with almost 5,000 flights scheduled during these days alone. . Only second in number behind the second airport in this ranking, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, which has recorded more than 5,300 flights by the various airlines.
Palma de Mallorca International Airport, Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport and finally Ibiza International Airport were also all cited as having problems.
It comes as an airport in Spain has been accused of giving Irish passengers ‘preferential treatment’ with an ‘express lane’ by some UK passport holders as they have no choice but to watch from a separate queue.
Travelers have shared photos of Malaga airport splitting into two separate passport queues. One is sealed with black tape and marked with a union jack for “all passengers”. The other is surrounded by a green ribbon and shows an Irish tricolor and an EU flag while being labeled for ‘EU citizens’.
Since Brexit, British tourists are only allowed to stay in the Schengen area (an area of free movement without border controls which includes 26 countries including Spain but excluding Ireland) for only 90 days on 180 and must have their passports stamped when they leave or may face being refused entry on another visit.
Meanwhile, Irish citizens enjoy EU-wide passenger rights to travel to, from or within the EU by air, train, bus/coach or ship.
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