Manchester Airport says ‘huge progress’ has been made on the speed of security checks as the peak summer season gets underway.

More than 3.5 million people are set to travel through the terminal in the coming weeks.

The airport has revealed that 95 per cent of passengers passed through security in under 30 minutes in the last week.

This follows the recruitment of 600 extra members of staff.

Winsford Guardian: 600 new members of staff have been recruited since the start of the year600 new members of staff have been recruited since the start of the year

Holidaymakers have suffered disruption and delays for months with long queues and flight cancellations due to staff shortages, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ian Costigan, chief operating officer of Manchester Airport, said: “As we head into the peak of our summer season, we wanted to provide an update to reassure people before they travel through Manchester Airport.

"We have made huge progress since April, having seen 600 people start work in security since the beginning of the year, with a further 280 waiting to clear background checks and start.

“And we are pleased to report that, as staff numbers have grown, the experience provided to the vast majority of our passengers has improved.

Winsford Guardian: 95 per cent of passengers got through security in less than 30 minutes in the past week, says Manchester Airport95 per cent of passengers got through security in less than 30 minutes in the past week, says Manchester Airport

“Throughout July, more than 92 per cent of people got through security in under 30 minutes.

“We are also working closely with third parties across the airport to support their operations.

In the past week, more than 95 per cent passed through in under 30 minutes, and nearly three-quarters in under 15 minutes.

The UK’s third largest airport says the improvements mark a significant milestone in its recovery following the rapid return of demand since travel restrictions were lifted in March.

Mr Costigan said:“As our recruitment continues and more people join the operation, by the autumn we should be back to an improved experience that people are looking for from Manchester Airport, and in a much better place for summer 2023.

“I would like to thank all our passengers for choosing Manchester and wish them all a great summer holiday.

Winsford Guardian: Passengers are still advised to arrive three hours before their flightsPassengers are still advised to arrive three hours before their flights

“I would also like to thank the entire staff that work across Manchester Airport who are playing their part in our recovery, and getting our passengers back to travelling, following the biggest crisis our industry has ever faced.”

Passengers are still advised to arrive three hours before their flight, not any earlier as this may cause an unnecessary queue or security might not be open.

Holidaymakers are reminded about the rules for security, making sure all liquids, gels and pastes in hand luggage are all under 100ml and in a clear plastic resealable bag.

Journeys to the airport should be planned in advance as there are a lot of road closures and roadworks, plus ongoing issues with train services.