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UK: Heathrow: flights suspended due to drone sighting

Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport says. A Heathrow spokeswoman said the airport was working with police to “prevent any threat to operational safety”. She said: “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.” It […]


UK: disruptions to rail service: Dec 23-25, Dec 30 no Heathrow Express, and more

Rail passengers planning a Christmas getaway face severe disruption due to engineering work on several lines. Network Rail has warned some routes will have “significant changes to normal services” and urged people to plan their journeys as early as possible. But some timetables will only be confirmed six weeks in advance, instead of the standard […]


UK: airports: industrial action planned for Nov 28, Dec 2,10,15: suspended (not Dec 23)

A proposed airport strike which would have caused travel misery for thousands of holidaymakers was tonight suspended by union bosses. The Transport & General Workers Union announced it had suspended the first four of five days of strike action planned to start this Thursday. The industrial action, which would have affected seven BAA airports across […]


UK: Gatwick Airport: some staff to strike Nov 20, Nov 26, Dec 21

Workers who assist disabled passengers and others in need of help at Gatwick Airport are to stage a series of strikes in a row over pay. Members of the Unite union will hold three 48-hour walkouts starting on 20 November, 26 November and 21 December. Staff say they earn less than other staff employed by […]


UK: London: Tube strike on Nov 7: Central and Piccadilly lines

A Tube strike will hit both the Central and Piccadilly lines on the same day next month. The hundreds of thousands of commuters that regularly use the lines are warned to prepare for travel chaos on November 7. The RMT union announced workers on the Central line will strike on the same day as the […]


UK: Gatwick Airport: technical glitch with departure screens – info is being written on whiteboard

Britain’s second-busiest airport is in disarray after departure screens went blank on one of the busiest days of the summer. Gatwick Airport is telling passengers: “Due to an ongoing issue with Vodafone – an IT provider for the airport – our flight information screens are not displaying correctly.” Passengers rely upon the screens to find […]