Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airport strikes that could derail your holiday plans this summer


BRITS heading off on holiday this summer should brace themselves for travel chaos as a number of strikes have been announced.

Staff working for several UK airports and airlines have announced strikes or are voting on whether or not to take industrial action.

Brits could face travel chaos this summer

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Many of the strikes will be taking place between July and August, during the peak summer travel period.

So if you have travel plans for the coming months, here’s what you need to know…

Heathrow Airport

Staff working for Heathrow Airport have announced strikes from July 26.

Over 4,000 workers, including security guards, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers, are set to walk out over the coming months.

The dates are Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27, Monday August 5 and Tuesday August 6, and Friday August 23 and Saturday August 24.

According to Unite the union, the walkout “could potentially shut down the airport”.

Gatwick Airport

Staff working at Gatwick Airport are currently voting on whether or not to strike.

Two separate groups of workers at Gatwick are voting on the industrial action over poverty pay rates according to their representatives Unite.

They include staff who scan passengers’ luggage as well as those involved in maintaining the airport’s facilities such as the toilets.


Workers in both groups have until July 26 to decide what they want to do.

If members vote for industrial action, strikes could begin in mid-August, which would inevitably create disruption at the airport.

Stansted Airport

Staff working on easyJet’s check-in counters at Stansted Airport have confirmed a 17-day strike.

The strike, over a long-running pay dispute, is set to start from Thursday July 25.

The dates affected are July 25 to 29; August 2 to 5; August 9 to 12; August 16 to 19; and August 23 to 27.

British Airways

British Airways pilots, represented by British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), are currently voting on whether or not to strike this summer after negotiations over pay stalled.

The members have until July 22 to return their votes.

If the pilots involved decide to go on strike, the strikes could begin from August 5 although at this stage the details have not been confirmed and BA and BALPA are still in talks.

Will I get my money back if my flight is cancelled or delayed?

If your flight is cancelled, you have the legal right to either a full refund within seven days or a replacement flight to your destination.

This applies for whatever reason your flight was cancelled or how long before you were told it would no longer be be flying.

If your flight is delayed by three hours or more and you were flying to or from a European airport, or with an EU-based airline such as Ryanair or British Airways.

Then you can claim compensation up to €250 (£229) for short-haul flights and €400 (£367) for mid-haul flights and €600 (£530) for long-haul flights.

But the airline might not payout if it’s out of their control, for example, due to bad weather or strikes.

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