Interior announces it will reinforce 12 airport staff with 500 police officers to avoid collapse


He denies overcrowding due to British tourist arrivals and sets 20 July as the date on which the increase will take effect.

Madrid-Barajas Airport in a file image.
Madrid-Barajas Airport in a file image.Europa Press
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After denying problems caused by passport control in Spain’s main airports, the Interior Ministry has reported it will add 500 more police officers to the twelve largest Spanish airports. These reinforcements will be distributed in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife South, Menorca, Palma, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. According to police sources, these will be effective from next July 20.

Most of these agents, about 60%, are freshmen from Villa Academy and therefore, this will be their first assignment. Of these 500 agents, 189 will be assigned to Madrid-Barajas airport, one of the airports that has the most problems with control. Another 89 police officers El Pratt and 50 others will go to Palma de Mallorca.

Thus, the interior maintains that the figures given by Iberia, which reported that 15,000 passengers lost their connection flight between March and May due to the collapse of the police filter, do not correspond to reality, while the same sources rejected that overcrowding is Brexit.

This is the first year that UK citizens have been treated as non-EU citizens and therefore must pass mandatory passport control.

In 2019, according to police data, there were 1,456 agents to strengthen airport border controls, which has been reduced to 1,226 currently, but with plans for expansion this month, they will remain in effect at over 1,700.

Insist on denying any situation of collapse at internal airports. He does, of course, speak of “typical” delays, but assures that neither the National Police nor the ANA have filed any complaints, neither from passengers nor airlines, for this reason.

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