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U.K.’s Damian Green Says Extra Staff on Standby at Heathrow

July 10, 2012

U.K. Immigration Minister Damian Green, speaking to reassure foreign visitors coming to London for the Olympic Games that they will not have to queue for long periods at passport control at Heathrow airport, said 500 extra staff are on standby.

“In a matter of days there will be more than 500 extra staff at Heathrow,” Green told lawmakers in Parliament in London today. From July 15 every passport control desk will be staffed during busy periods, he said.

The U.K. expects “more than 100,000 transactions a day” at passport control during the games, Green said. “Every desk at Heathrow will be staffed at busy periods,” and staff “leave will be canceled” he said.

Green was responding to criticism of immigration staff working at London’s Heathrow, run by BAA Airports Ltd, for long queues.

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