Longest wait times at airport security in the UK revealed – how do you compare?

The longest wait times at airport security in the UK have been revealed – how do you compare?

Which consumer group? conducted a study surveying 1,300 travelers between February and August to find out the average processing time.

The longest waiting times were found at Leeds Bradford Airport, with a quarter of respondents averaging over an hour

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The longest waiting times were found at Leeds Bradford Airport, with a quarter of respondents averaging over an hourCredits: Alamy
The average waiting time in Edinburgh was reported to be 16 minutes

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The average waiting time in Edinburgh was reported to be 16 minutesCredit: Andrew Barr
London City Airport was the most efficient with an average processing time of 12 minutes.

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London City Airport was the most efficient with an average processing time of 12 minutes.Credits: Alamy
Passengers took an average of 19 minutes to depart Luton Airport

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Passengers took an average of 19 minutes to depart Luton AirportCredit: Paul Edwards

The Daily Telegraph reported that it found that Leeds Bradford Airport had the longest queues of any UK airport.

A quarter of participants waited more than an hour to be let through their gate.

17 per cent of respondents in Bristol, 11 per cent in Birmingham and eight per cent in Manchester also experienced long waiting times of more than 60 minutes.

Nearly 30 per cent of passengers faced queues of at least an hour at Yorkshire airport.

London City Airport proved to be the most efficient with an average processing time of 12 minutes, with half of passengers reporting waiting times of between five and 10 minutes.

The results found waiting times at all locations had tripled since a previous study by Kiss, averaging 10.6 minutes pre-Covid.

Nearly seven percent of those surveyed missed their flight because
They were waiting to be processed by security.

Guy Hobbs, of whom? Travel said: “Your choice of airport shouldn’t make or break your holiday – but for too many travelers this year, that’s been the case.

“We would recommend choosing an airport with a better track record
Passengers queues and treatment, even if it involves traveling a little further from home.”

Leeds Bradford defended its top ranking, saying that the high number of passengers resulted in long waiting times.

A spokesperson for Leeds Bradford said: “Earlier this year, like many UK airports, we had long queues due to the rapid resumption of international travel following the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

“We were transparent about these difficulties at the time and worked hard to resolve those short-term issues.

Estimated time you can stand in line

London City 12 (min)
Belfast City 13
Glasgow International L13
Newcastle 15
London
Gatwick 16
Edinburgh 16
London Stansted 18
Belfast International 18
London Luton 19
London Heathrow 20
manchester 24
Birmingham 24
Bristol 30
Leeds Bradford 35

“Since then we have significantly reduced the queue at our terminal.”

Earlier this year, huge queues formed at Bristol airport from 4.30am as anxious passengers arrived too early – but were still only arriving in 35 minutes.

Holidaymakers were keen to ensure they did not miss their flights after some passengers were delayed for more than an hour due to a technical problem with boarding pass gates.

Thousands of Britons were stuck in huge airport queues in April, waiting for hours and even missing their flights.

But a security expert has explained how you can tell when your queue is going to be slow – so you know to pick another one.

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