Airport delays: how to ease through your transit time

Traveller relaxes in lounge during airport transit

We understand that across a number of UK airports there are reported delays and queues associated with airport transits, specifically at check-in and passport control. To help minimise and/or avoid any disruption for your next flight, we recommend the following:

  • Arrive at the airport early – allow more transit time than usual, especially at peak times
  • Consider booking an airport hotel the night before for early departures
  • Double-check your destination country risk status & entry requirements – these are still subject to change
  • Read your airline communications – regulations such as mask wearing do still vary according to airline and/or country
  • Ensure you have the right documents for your destination (COVID-19 test, vaccination certification, country-specific forms…)
  • Check the validity of your passport & renew in plenty of time – most countries still require 6+ months left for travel – reports confirm waiting lists & delays in passport renewal in the UK of up to 10 weeks*
  • Check you have the correct (and updated) Visas – even those with longevity such as the ESTA’s may well have expired
  • Go digital where possible to minimise the need for manual intervention during transit – online check-in, automated bag drop, downloaded e-tickets, airline apps

There are opportunities at every stage of your airport transit to minimise potential disruption; through airport transfers, pre-booked train tickets, airport parking, meet & greet and airport lounges to ensure your make the most of any wait times.

To book these services, MIDAS Travel clients should contact your Travel Team.


For any other enquiries, please get in touch.

*estimated delay at time of publishing