London: Heathrow & Gatwick Airport: Strike by ground crew – Security guards, Firefighter…….

HEATHROW will be plunged into chaos next week as 172 flights have been cancelled over strikes affecting thousands of passengers

Brits travelling through the airport on Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6 have been advised to check with their airlines regarding whether their flights are cancelled.

There are 91 airlines that operate out of Heathrow.

Due to the planned strikes, the airport has worked with airlines including BA to “proactively cancel” 172 flights out of the hub.

British Airways, which is based at Heathrow, is expected to be one of the most heavily affected.

A two-day strike involving security guards, firefighters, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers is planned to start at 00:01 on Monday, August 5, finishing at 23:59 Tuesday, August 6.

Unite said that around 88,000 passengers will be affected if the industrial action goes ahead.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that Unite has rejected the latest pay offer and will continue to seek an agreement at ACAS.

“Unite is proceeding with its unnecessary strike action on 5th and 6th August and we regret that passengers looking to get away on well-earned breaks will be impacted by this.

“We have activated contingency plans which will keep the airport open and safe on both strike days. We expect security queue times to be slightly longer than normal and advise passengers to check our website for detailed information on how to prepare for their flights and when to arrive at the airport.