Airline strikes over Christmas

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Travel News 19 Dec 2016

There are talks of a few strikes happening over the Christmas period.
Whilst it is still unclear what the impact of these strikes will be, we want to be prepared and proactive in reassuring our customers. Here is the current information on the main three proposed strikes.

British Airways:

One of five cabin crew fleets has announced that it intends to hold industrial action on Sunday 25 December and Monday 26 December 2016.
British Airways is planning to operate all flights across the strike period. All flights to/from London Gatwick (LGW) and all flights operated by BA CityFlyer to/from London City (LCY) are not affected. British Airways are reviewing their short haul services to/from London Heathrow.

In order to reduce uncertainty British Airways have introduced guidelines for those customers who wish to change their travel plans on the below specific routes on 25th and 26th December 2016 only. 

All British Airways operated services between London Heathrow (LHR) and:

ABZ (Aberdeen) BGO (Bergen) BHD (Belfast City) BIO (Bilbao) BLQ (Bologna) BSL (Basel) BUD (Budapest)DUS (Dusseldorf) GIB (Gibraltar) GOT (Gothenburg) HAJ (Hannover) HAM (Hamburg) HEL (Helsinki)KBP (Kiev) KRK (Krakow) LED (St. Petersburg) LIS (Lisbon) LUX (Luxembourg) MAN (Manchester)MRS (Marseilles) ORY (Paris Orly) OSL (Oslo) PRG (Prague) PSA (Pisa) STR (Stuttgart) SVG (Stavanger) VCE (Venice) VIE (Vienna) WAW (Warsaw) ZAG (Zagreb).

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Virgin Atlantic:

Virgin Atlantic pilots have voted for industrial action short of a strike in a row over union recognition.
The Professional Pilots' Union (PPU) said 88.6% of its members had voted in favour of the move, and that the turnout had been 80.3%.Virgin said it did not expect flights to be affected. “We value our pilots enormously and we are disappointed with the result of the ballot to take Action Short of a Strike, which essentially means ‘work to rule’. We are taking actions to ensure our flying programme remains unaffected during this period and want to reassure our customers that all flights are operating as normal”.

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Swissport:

Check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at UK airports are planning a 48-hour strike from 23 December, the Unite union says. The union said more than 1,500 workers at Swissport, the world's largest ground and cargo handler, would walk out following a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Unite said the action, which will hit Christmas travel, was "a last resort". Swissport said it was making plans to "minimise disruption" to passengers. At this stage the impact to passengers is unclear. If and when more information becomes available we will update

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