Airport action halted

Heathrow strike suspended in late truce over pay dispute


Heathrow is Britain’s busiest airport

A strike which threatened to cause widespread disruption at Heathrow Airport has been suspended for 24 hours as talks continue over pay.

A temporary truce was reached between the management and Unite union to halt the action which was due to begin at midnight on Sunday. Talks will continue to stop a further walkout on Tuesday.

The suspension will see flights resume on Monday but came too late to reinstate all of the 177 that had been cancelled or diverted after 2,500 workers planned to strike on both days in a row over pay.

British Airways said it will now reinstate flights from Heathrow on Monday. Virgin Atlantic has not cancelled flights but will continue with its plan to move them from Heathrow to Gatwick.

Flybe, Swiss, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and TAP Air Portugal were among those to have confirmed cancellations, but it is not yet known if they will now reinstate flights.

A number of BA and Flybe flights were cancelled between Heathrow and Edinburgh and BA flights between Heathrow and Glasgow

A Heathrow spokesman advised passengers to check with their airlines to see if there were any changes to cancelled fights.

He said: “We regret that passengers have been inconvenienced by this and urge them to contact their airline for up to date information on the status of their service.”

Unite instructed its members to report for work on Monday, but still plans a walkout on Tuesday – as well as 23 and 24 August, the start of the bank holiday weekend in England and Wales.

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