Ground Staff at London Heathrow Plan Strike Action: 16-19 December

Unite the Union has called on ground staff at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) employed by Menzies to strike between December 16 and December 19. The purpose of the strike is to demand increased pay.

  • Event Airport strike
  • Location(s) London Heathrow Airport
  • Time Frame Dec. 16-19
  • Impact Disruptions to airport operations and flight schedules


Unless averted, the action will likely prompt disruption to airport operations and flight schedules, including delays and cancelations, at LHR.

Union organizers state the action will primarily impact operations at terminals 2, 3, and 4, and flights operated by Air Canada (AC), American Airlines (AA), Lufthansa (LH), Swiss Air (LX), TAP Air Portugal (TP), Austrian Airlines (OS), Qantas (QF), EgyptAir (MS), Aer Lingus (EI), and Finnair (AY).

Lingering disruptions are likely following the conclusion of the strike as the airport deals with any passenger backlog and airlines reposition aircraft and crew.


Confirm flights if booked to fly via LHR Dec. 16-19. Do not check out of accommodations until onward travel is confirmed. Arrive early at the airport to allow additional time for processing. Anticipate possible disruptions to freight routed via LHR. Consider alternative arrangements for critical travel or shipments.

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