Passengers warned over Spain flight delaysNew measures could mean queues at UK airports

19 June 2007

Airport sign directing travellers to the terminal.

Passengers flying to Spain are urged to allow extra time to check-in following the introduction of new security measures.

From today airlines have to provide extra passenger information to the Spanish government before the aircraft leaves the UK.

This information - known as advance passenger information (API) – covers the details contained on the photograph page of your passport - such as your full name, date and place of birth and passport number.

Advance passenger information

The data will be collected either at the airport check in or when you make your booking. 

However, the Department for Transport (DfT) has warned that the new measures may lead to some disruption at UK airports.

It is advising fliers to allow extra time to check in for their flights.

Airlines are legally required to provide the advance passenger information and anyone who refuses to provide the extra details may be prevented from travelling.