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UK airports chaos: Long queues at Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham amid BA Heathrow strike threat

Added 06-24-22 05:36:02am EST - “Passengers faced big queues at Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham airports once again today - one day after it emerged that BA workers at Heathrow will strike.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Uk airports chaos: Long queues at Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Britons heading abroad once again endured huge queues at UK airports this morning - with the situation only set to get worse during the summer holidays after British Airways staff based at London Heathrow voted to strike.

More than 700 Heathrow check-in and ground-handling staff voted for industrial action yesterday in a row over pay. The GMB and Unite unions are expected to set strike dates for around July 22, when the school break begins.

They vowed only to call off the action if BA meets their demands within a week or so. If the BA walkouts go ahead, families could be forced to delay or cancel holidays – and face being stuck abroad if flights home are axed. 

Unions only have to give two weeks' notice of strikes. Customers whose flights are grounded will be entitled to receive a refund or be rebooked on an alternative flight on their day of departure, even if it is with a rival carrier.

But with airlines cutting their schedules due to staff shortages and airport flight caps, it is unclear whether there would be enough seats. It will inflict a huge financial blow on BA, which lost billions of pounds in the pandemic.

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