8th December 2022
Planned strikes by border staff could cause delays and cancellations. The government is urging people to ‘think carefully’ before travelling by air. NEW
Staff at six UK airports are set to stage walkouts from 23rd December to Boxing Day, and then again from 28th December to New Year’s Eve.
It is expected that any disruption will mainly affect people flying into the UK.
The strikes come at one of the busiest times for travel to ski resorts and the start of the season.
They coincide with walkouts by train and rail workers, so even getting to the airport could cause problems.
It is the first Christmas since 2019 that airlines have been able to operate flights to the Alps and other ski areas without widespread Covid restrictions.
“If they go ahead with those strikes there will be undeniable, serious disruption caused to many thousands of people who have holiday plans,” said the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman.
“I really want to urge people who have got plans to travel abroad to think carefully about their plans because they may well be impacted.”
“It’s very regrettable that they have made this decision to potentially strike over critical times in the run-up and following Christmas and the New Year,” she added.
About 1,000 members of the PCS union are striking over pay.
“The government can stop these strikes tomorrow if it puts money on the table,” said the General Secretary of the PCS, Mark Serwotka.
“Like so many workers, our members are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. They are desperate.”
EasyJet has said it was “too early” to say what impact the strikes would have on its flight schedules.
“We are disappointed that Border Force staff have decided to take strike action at this particular time,” said a statement from Gatwick.
“We expect that flights will operate as normal and remain in regular contact with Border Force about their mitigation plans.
“Additional airport staff will also be made available to help with passenger welfare on strike days.”
Here at PlanetSKI we are keeping a close eye on the situation and will be updating as the situation develops.