Christmas strikes at UK airports throw festive plans into chaos as flights axed

Brit are set to have their Christmas travel plans thrown into chaos due to strikes.

Members of the PCS union – who work for the UK Border Force – are preparing to go on strike during the business days of the festive period.

The staff responsible for checking your passport when you hop off the plane are preparing to strike from December 23-26 and December 28-31.

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The Independent reports the strike action is over a row about pay, pensions and job security.

Travellers heading to Heathrow airport will be among those hit hardest by the chaos.

According to calculations from the flight data specialist Cirium, 583 flights with 126,700 seats are scheduled to arrive at Heathrow on December 23.

The experts added Christmas Day will be the quietest of all the strike dates, with just 83,400 passengers on 352 flights.

But from December 28-30, each day at Heathrow could see 125,000 passengers on 575 flights.

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At other airports across the UK, the arrival numbers are expected to be at their highest on the Fridays of the strike action. Gatwick is expected to see over 60,000 arrivals on 325 flights.

While Glasgow airport anticipates more than 10,000 passengers touching down aboard 85 planes.

Manchester airport bosses have already issued warnings some flights will be cancelled.

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The airport is expected to see peak arrivals on Boxing Day, with 37,000 passengers on 191 flights. However, the figures suggest that every day will see an influx of over 35,000 travellers.

At Birmingham, December 23, 27, 29, 30 and 31 could bring more than 15,000 arrivals.

Cardiff’s peak day will be December 27 with 1,300 passengers on nine flights; December 30 and 31 are also looking relatively busy.


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