Longer queues to save money AUS intl airports

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Arrivals into Australia can expect longer waits when passing through customs as the 2011-12 Budget cuts staffing to save up to $34 million over four years.A Fact Sheet released by a division of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service highlighted that forecasted average queue time will increase from nine minutes and 43 seconds to 14 minutes and 57 seconds.The staffing cuts will occur at eight of Australia’s international airports and according to the Sheet will be made “through natural attrition and adjustments to recruitment programs”.Customs and Border Protection said it will monitor the impacts in airports and will launch a range of initiatives to minimize disruptions.“This includes additional SmartGate capability in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, revised queue marshalling arrangements, and further work to refine workforce planning and deployment,” the Sheet read. “Customs and Border Protection will work with airport operators and airlines to minimise impacts at the border where possible.”last_img read more