Liverpool fans stuck in massive airport queues ahead of Champions League final

Liverpool fans have said travelling to Paris for the Champions League final has been "ridiculous" as thousands find themselves stuck in lengthy queues with one comparing it to the "pain of childbirth".

A number of Liverpool fans descended on Kent to catch a ferry across the English Channel for a trip to Paris, where Liverpool will take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Liam Devlin, one of many fans attempting to make the crossing, wrote on Twitter: "Absolute chaos at the Port of Dover. Taking around three hours to get through to the gates to even board any ferry, double the time they advise.

"No organisation whatsoever. Shambles."

Others were just as disgruntled by the lack of preparation on travel companies and crossings, with Suleman Qureshi posting: "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."

A high demand of sailings from families enjoying their half-term holidays has only exacerbated the situation for thousands of Liverpool fans heading over to watch the Champions League final.

The port had advised families to "pack adequate supplies including food and water" as it had expected a "very busy week" for travel.

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport is facing similar delay and queuing, with a scheduled 24 flights taking off to take a total of 4,674 potential passengers to the French capital.

Saturday alone will have 11 flights to Paris, whereas last week had only two flights from Liverpool to Paris.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis warned of queues on motorways, with an estimated 17.9million leisure trips planned for Friday through to Sunday, with Saturday the busiest day.

Dennis said: "Major routes to holiday destinations will start to clog up. Drivers can beat the worst of the queues by planning the time of their trips carefully.

"An early start is always best or, failing that, driving at dusk if that's a feasible option."

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