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Christmas Strikes at UK Airports starting this Friday 23rd December

Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham airports will be among those disrupted

If you’re travelling home from the UK for Christmas this Friday, 23rd December, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the airport as planned strikes by airport border staff could see people waiting more than two hours in passport queues.

According to the PCS union, passport checks at Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham airports will be among those disrupted, with the dates effected being from Friday, 23rd December to Monday, 26th December and from 28th December to New Year’s Eve.

It’s estimated that more than 10,000 flights are scheduled to land at those airports during those times, so make sure to allow yourself extra time to arrive at the airport and keep checking the flight status of your scheduled flight.

It would appear that the “the vast majority” of arrivals should unaffected according to Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye:

“We have extra people in the terminals on the busiest days, including me and my management team, to ensure we get people on their way as smoothly as possible and start to bring the joy back into travel.

“We are doing everything we can to protect full operating schedules on Border Force strike days and departing journeys and the vast majority of arriving journeys should be unaffected.”

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