Madrid airport plans to hire spree to deal with surge in tourism

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Spain’s Ministry of the Interior, which hasn’t noticed any missed flights recently, should probably become more familiar with Madrid’s Barajas airport.

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Long queues at Madrid Barajas airport in recent weeks should ease as Spanish police work on hiring more staff to deal with increased tourism from the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the government said on Monday. Tuesday.

With the 200 new hires, a total of more than 600 officials will work at the airport to control the flow of foreign tourists that has increased notably in recent weeks, the Spanish government spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, told reporters during a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.

He added that the other airports in the country with an increase in tourists would also have more staff.

The long lines in Madrid are similar to problems at airports in Britain, Amsterdam and elsewhere in Europe due to the resumption of travel as the pandemic subsides.

International Airlines Group’s Spanish unit Iberia complained on Monday about delays and chaos at passport control at Madrid’s Barajas airport, saying around 15,000 of its passengers had missed their flight since March 1.

The Spanish Interior Ministry denied that anyone had missed a flight at the airport, which is operated by Aena SME.

“In recent months the National Police has not registered a single complaint for missed flights,” the ministry said in a statement.

“There are no queues or delays that go beyond specific situations generated by the coincidence of several flights from outside the Schengen area,” the statement said.

People from the Schengen area, a group of 26 European countries, including Spain, can travel freely without presenting a passport.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, around 18.7 million travelers will pass through Madrid Airport in June this year.

(Reporting by Christina Thykjaer and Inti Landauro; Editing by Louise Heavens and Lisa Shumaker)

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