✅ Trip Verified
| The airport is understaffed and queues are beyond belief. I visited mid May, the tourist season has not started yet and it’s chaos. If you want to shop or get to your plane on time, then I would suggest you get to the airport 3 hours minimum before you’re flight or you will be cutting it very fine. Two and a half hours to clear through Larnaca airport and a run to the easy jet gate. Larnaca have laid off staff and therefore customs takes double the time and queues the entire length of airport. The government apparently can not afford more staff and its only going to get worse. Easy jet booking in staff stood talking behind the desk making only 2 desks of the five available to book in until they finished their conversation. We eventually booked in the joined a queue which went around the whole of the airport. Whilst us brits queued, the rude Russian/Eastern Europeans just pushed in where ever and when ever. They hustled us like cattle into a boarding pass queue, then into passport control. This is where it got infuriating as two booths shut and no one relieved them. This took 1hr 30mins and we had to then run to the Easy jet departure desk. No time for shopping. At the boarding desk we were stacked in a small waiting area for the airport staff to do their job. 5 buses arrived, 5 drove off without passengers. Still the staff were packing the passengers into an area of about 25sq ft. We had to wait because a passenger requiring assistance arrived very late and because staff knew were going no where fast, they made a led bodied people wait. Totally wrong. We are all equal supposedly. Eventually we were allowed on to a bus where male staff from other buses appeared to be having a heated discussion amongst themselves outside of the building, waving hands and shouting. No one going anywhere fast. Having got on the plane the captain then explained that due to staff shortages he was unable to fly us home as he had run out of operational hours. As a result we had to wait for another captain to fly in on a Gatwick flight, for her to then rush to our plane, get a briefing and take us home. So far we are 40 minutes late and still waiting. According to the captain, Easy jet were aware of this from the start of his captains shift and are obviously quite happy to make customers wait due to their incompetence with staff rotas and not having enough staff.