Unionised ground staff at London Heathrow Airport, UK, plan to strike Nov. 18-21; airport and flight disruptions likely.
Severity Warning Alert
Categories Air Travel, Civil Unrest
Alert Begins Nov 18, 2022, 12:01:00 AM
Alert Expires Nov 21, 2022, 11:59:00 PM
- Event Airport strike
- Location(s) London Heathrow Airport
- Time Frame Nov. 18-21
- Impact Disruptions to airport operations and flight schedules
Unite the Union has called on ground staff at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) employed by Menzies and dnata to strike Nov. 18-21. The purpose of the strike is to demand increased pay. Union organisers state the strike will begin in the early hours of Nov. 18 and end in the early hours of Nov. 21 and will include staff involved in ground handling, airside transport, and cargo.
Unless averted, the action will likely prompt disruption to airport operations and flight schedules, including delays and cancelations, at LHR. Union organisers state the action will primarily impact operations at terminals 2, 3, and 4, and flights operated by Qatar Airways (QR), Virgin Atlantic (VS), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Cathay-Pacific (CX), and Emirates (EK). 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 Nov. 18-21. 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.