TUI passengers told to drop their luggage the night BEFORE to avoid long airport queues

TUI passengers are being told to drop their suitcases at the airport the night BEFORE their flight stop to try and avoid the long queues.

Travellers at Manchester Airport are still battling huge delays when going on holiday due to a lack of staff, which has been blamed on both Covid and Brexit.

In response, TUI is now telling their travellers that they will be able to drop their bags the night before in a new scheme being launched this month.

The airline is launching the new service at Manchester Airport from April 18, which will let passengers travelling before midday drop their bags the night before, anytime between 2pm and 9pm.

It will also launch at Gatwick Airport, although will not be operational for US flights.

A spokesperson told Manchester Evening News: “We are aware of security queue delays at some airports, predominantly Birmingham and Manchester."

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"We are working closely with our partners to monitor the situation and open check-in as early as possible."

Last week, one woman missed her flights due to the huge queues at Manchester Airport, losing her £1,500 dream holiday.

Airports up and down Britain have been experiencing major staffing issues due to a surge in demand from people wanting to travel abroad after the pandemic – as well as Covid-related absences.

Kully Sandhu, the managing director of the Aviation Recruitment Network warned it could take "at least the next 12 months for the industry, vacancy wise, to settle down".

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He said it wasn't just Covid causing problems in hiring new staff, of which he said there were more than 300 vacancies across UK airports, but also Brexit.

He told the BBC: “Brexit has not helped because we had a natural attraction of individuals from the European market who would apply for vacancies in UK airports.

"We no longer have that talent pool, and we are relying on individuals in the UK.

Lucy Moreton, general secretary for the ISU which represents Border Force, said it was the "first time in living memory" that they couldn't hire enough candidates for the vacancies, adding they were "catastrophically understaffed" for the Easter break.

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And tens of thousands of Brits have been forced to pay extra when arriving at the airport, after not realising they still need Covid tests for their holiday destination.

A security expert has revealed how you can tell if your queue will be long when going through airport security.

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