AviationBorder force strikes to affect inbound arrivals to the UK.

UK travel chaos looms over holiday period

Flying into London soon? Be ready for disruption.
Flying into London soon? Be ready for disruption. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/dade72

Anyone heading to the UK in the hope of a White Christmas may find their plans disrupted by planned strikes by border staff at the nation’s airports.

Staff at six airports are threatening to stage walkouts from 23 December to 26 December and from 28 December to New Year's Eve in a dispute over pay rises.

The BBC says the strikes come at one of the busiest times for travel and coincide with walkouts by train and rail workers.

Up to two million passengers are expected to arrive between 23 and 31 December at the airports where the strikes will take place, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium.

It said that more than 10,000 flights are scheduled to arrive at Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow airports during the period.

It is expected that if there is disruption, it will mainly affect passengers flying into the UK.

A report in The Times said that airlines had been advised to cancel up to 30% of flights over the eight days of strikes to prevent disruption at airports.

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