I was lucky at this airport when I arrived for a flight to the Isle of Man. Lucky because I'd decided to turn up early (2 hours before departure) so that I'd have time to get a meal before departure. If I'd left it any later I'd have been queuing for Departures for more than the 55 minutes it took me and wouldn't even have had time for a quick snack. Clearly the airport is overwhelmed with the number of flights leaving on a Tuesday evening in January. Although staff were employed to help move the queue along and ensure that people who were on a final call were moved to the front the queue snaked up and down the upper floor then down the steps and into the check-in area (I couldn't see the end of the queue as it was growing all the time). Most people seemed to be flying to European destinations and were bemused by the chaos. Airport staff admitted that it was sheer number of passengers causing the problem which tells me that there is something basic wrong with this airport. It should be able to cope with all scheduled flights not just those at less busy times.