Heathrow says most passengers will be unaffected by Christmas strike

By Lisa James
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A three-day strike by baggage handlers at Heathrow in the run-up to Christmas will have minimal impact on passengers if it goes ahead, the airport has said.

On Friday, the union Unite announced 350 members employed by the ground handler Menzies will strike from 4am on 16 December for 72 hours.

Unite has warned flights that operated by 10 major airlines from Terminals 2,3 and 4 will be affected: Air Canada, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Air Portugal, Austrian Airlines, Qantas, Egypt Air, Aer Lingus and Finnair.

Home carriers British Airways and Virgin use other ground handlers and Heathrow says it’s working on contingency plans with the airlines that do use Menzies.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are aware of industrial action proposed by Menzies colleagues from 16 – 18 December.

“Most passengers at the airport will not notice any impact on their journey if the strike goes ahead.

“In the meantime we encourage airport partners who would be affected to continue with their contingency planning and we will support them to minimise the impact on their passengers.”

Talks are still ongoing and Menzies Executive Vice President Miguel Gomez Sjunnesson said he hopes to reach an agreement when both parties meet tomorrow.

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