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As major disruption continues in British airports, airlines are starting to feel the strain of emergency security measures. In the middle of the holiday season, this is the busiest time of the year for airport authorities. Strict security checks on all passengers are causing lengthy delays, and British Airways has had to cancel a third of all flights from Heathrow alone. Ryan Air cancelled more than 30 flights onAs major disruption continues in British airports, airlines are starting to feel the strain of emergency security measures. In the middle of the holiday season, this is the busiest time of the year for airport authorities. Strict security checks on all passengers are causing lengthy delays, and British Airways has had to cancel a third of all flights from Heathrow alone. Ryan Air cancelled more than 30 flights on Sunday. Chief Executive Michael O’Leary says airlines need help.

“The new security provisions which the British Airports Authority have already confirmed today are unworkable over the longer term and need to be revised. Either the government’s got to give the airports more security staff, either army or police personnel, or we’ve got to restore the security checks to more normal levels.”

Travel analyst Simon Calder believes there may be severe consequences for air companies. “I think if these measures are not relaxed by the end of the week, you are going to see passenger numbers falling away really quickly. If they’re still here by the end of the month then the airlines are going to be in very serious trouble.”

The level of alert has been reduced from critical to serious but the British Government has said that more terrorist plots are “highly likely”. With Airport Authorities recommending 20 per cent of flights out of Heathrow be cut, the wait looks set to go on for many travellers.

Sunday. Chief Executive Michael O’Leary says airlines need help.

“The new security provisions which the British Airports Authority have already confirmed today are unworkable over the longer term and need to be revised. Either the government’s got to give the airports more security staff, either army or police personnel, or we’ve got to restore the security checks to more normal levels.”

Travel analyst Simon Calder believes there may be severe consequences for air companies.

“I think if these measures are not relaxed by the end of the week, you are going to see passenger numbers falling away really quickly. If they’re still here by the end of the month then the airlines are going to be in very serious trouble.”

The level of alert has been reduced from critical to serious but the British Government has said that more terrorist plots are “highly likely”. With Airport Authorities recommending 20 per cent of flights out of Heathrow be cut, the wait looks set to go on for many travellers.