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Chaos hits Australian airports with huge queues as school holidays kick off in every every state

Chaos hits Australian airports with huge queues already forming as school holidays begin in every state: ‘It gets worse’

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Travelers taking to the skies will face huge queues these school holidays as domestic airports struggle to cope with the numbers and there is a serious staff shortage.

Passengers during school holidays in Victoria and Queensland have already had to wait endlessly, with staff warning it ‘is about to get worse’ after an already ‘wild week’.

Understaffed check-in counters, delays at security points and an influx of passengers are all responsible for the chaotic scenes.

Gamblers pass through busy check-in areas of Virgin Australia (pictured) with both Sydney and Melbourne airports bracing for two million passengers during these school holidays

Gamblers pass through busy check-in areas of Virgin Australia (pictured) with both Sydney and Melbourne airports bracing for two million passengers during these school holidays

Passengers queue at Melbourne Airport on the first day of holiday last week (pictured) - worst is yet to come as NSW, WA and the ACT join in

Passengers queue at Melbourne Airport on the first day of holiday last week (pictured) – worst is yet to come as NSW, WA and the ACT join in

Passengers said the crowds were “pretty overwhelming” as travelers are going through some of the busiest days the airports have seen since the start of the pandemic.

Melbourne Airport counted on 2.1 million passengers during these school holidays, 400,000 more than during Easter.

Shocking scenes from the city’s main airports showed passengers waiting in huge lines on the first Saturday of intermission, after many arrived from 6 a.m. onward.

Brisbane Airport also faced large crowds this week, some of which described it as ‘outrageous’.

Families from NSW, Western Australia and the ACT will join the chaos on Friday afternoon.

At Sydney Airport, passengers were waiting in lines stretching out of the terminal and through the door in similar scenes of chaos last week

At Sydney Airport, passengers were waiting in lines stretching out of the terminal and through the door in similar scenes of chaos last week

Travelers at Melbourne Airport (pictured) face long waits at security points and check-in counters

Travelers at Melbourne Airport (pictured) face long waits at security points and check-in counters

A passenger told The courier post last week: ‘The queues are outrageous and it is clear that the place is totally understaffed.’

“How can we expect people to want to travel when they are confronted with these kinds of scenes.”

Virgin Australia predicted that passenger numbers would increase by 15 percent during these school holidays compared to the same time in 2019.

It also said the number would be ten percent higher than during the previous Easter break.

Sydney Airport predicted 2.1 million visitors would flock to the gates between June 27 and July 17.

Qantas and JetStar expect 350,000 passengers this weekend.

“Both airlines transported a similar number of customers domestically over the weekend ahead of the start of the Victoria and Queensland school holidays,” said a statement from Qantas.

“Both airlines have taken steps to improve their operations and are working with airports and suppliers to ensure disruptions to customers during the holiday season are minimized.”

The Transport Workers’ Union said the airline industry has been facing a skills shortage since it laid off 12,500 workers during the pandemic.

Crowds at Brisbane Airport increased last week (pictured) as the state's school holidays kicked off

Crowds at Brisbane Airport increased last week (pictured) as the state’s school holidays kicked off

TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said: “Little action has been taken since Easter to address the serious skills shortages we have seen in aviation caused by low wages, poor working conditions and collapsing safety standards.”

“The workers who remain in the industry are under tremendous pressure from airports and airlines to plug gaps and keep the gears moving.”

Australians have seized the long-awaited opportunities that they did not have in the months of 2020-2021.

Vacationers were forced to cancel and postpone travel plans and were left isolated across the country as every state and territory tried to eradicate the disease.

KPMG predicted in February last year that “restless Australian aspiring travellers” would emerge from the woods after the tourism industry took a beating during the pandemic.

KPMG predicted in February last year that 'restless Australian aspiring travellers' would take to the skies

KPMG predicted in February last year that ‘restless Australian aspiring travellers’ would take to the skies

Qantas and JetStar expect 350,000 passengers this weekend alone

Qantas and JetStar expect 350,000 passengers this weekend alone

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