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Liverpool fans and families on half-term getaways suffer long queues at Dover

Thousands of fans descended on the Kent port on Friday morning to board cross-Channel ferries en route to Paris.

27 May 2022

Liverpool FC supporters travelling to the Champions League final and families embarking on half-term getaways face long queues at the Port of Dover.

Thousands of fans descended on the Kent port on Friday morning to board cross-Channel ferries en route to Paris for Saturday’s match.

Liam Devlin, who was among those queuing in the port, wrote on Twitter: “Absolute chaos at the Port of Dover.

Queues at the Port of Dover
Passengers reported waiting for three hours to board ferries (Gareth Fuller/PA)

“Taking around three hours to get through to the gates to even board any ferry, double the amount of time they advise.

“No organisation whatsoever. Shambles.”

Suleman Qureshi posted: “The queues at dover are ridiculous as expected. The reds have taken over!”

Another fan wrote: “Three hours in a queue at Dover after driving down on no sleep is comparable to the pain of childbirth. Glad we’re a day early.”

There is also high demand for sailings from families embarking on trips to the continent for half-term.

The port advised passengers to “pack adequate supplies including food and water” as it is expecting “a very busy week ahead”.

Ferry firm Irish Ferries warned customers to “expect delays of up to three hours at port security and check-in”.

P&O Ferries said there is “heavy traffic at border control”.

Passengers who miss their sailing will be allowed to travel on the next available service, it added.

Another operator, DFDS, wrote on Twitter: “We are aware of our lovely customers queuing in the port. We’ll accommodate you on the next available departure.”

Liverpool John Lennon Airport was also busy with supporters flying to Paris.

There are scheduled to be 24 flights from the airport to the French capital this week with capacity for a total of 4,674 passengers, according to aviation data firm Cirium.

Saturday will be the busiest day, with 11 flights.

Just two flights operated from Liverpool to Paris last week.

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