British Airways cancels flights to Scots airports due to Heathrow strike action
Scots passengers are to face disruption due to a forthcoming strike by security guards at London Heathrow Airport over Easter.
Members of the Unite union will walk out for 10 days from Friday in a dispute over pay after talks to avert the action failed last week.
In a bid to reduce congestion at security gates, British Airways is reportedly cancelling around five per cent of flights - around 32 flights per day - that would normally operate at Terminal 5 over the first weekend of industrial action.
The cancellations fall on short-haul routes, with travel expert Simon Calder reporting that domestic destinations such as Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow are seeing cancellations.
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Long-haul services are not affected from Heathrow.
Heathrow said it was putting “contingency plans” in place and drafting 1,000 extra staff – as well as its management team – into terminals to help passengers during the Easter getaway.
A BA spokesman said: “Following Heathrow’s requirement for us to reduce the number of passengers travelling during the period of its employees’ proposed strike action, we’ve regrettably had to make a small number of adjustments to our schedule.
“We’ve apologised to customers whose travel plans have been affected and have offered them a range of options, including rebooking on to a new flight with us or another airline, or requesting a full refund.
“Our teams are continuing to work closely with Heathrow to ensure that our customers’ journeys run smoothly.”
A Heathrow spokesman said: “We will not let these unnecessary strikes impact the hard-earned holidays of our passengers.
“Our contingency plans will keep the airport operating as normal throughout.
“We are deploying 1,000 additional colleagues and the entire management team, who will be in the terminals providing assistance to passengers over the busy Easter getaway.
“As at any busy time, it may take a little longer than usual to get through security, but this will be well-managed and kept flowing.
“Passengers can help us ensure they get the best start to their journeys by checking their flight status with their airline before travelling to the airport, arriving at Heathrow no earlier than two hours before short-haul flights and three hours before long-haul flights, and by being ready for security with their compliant liquids and electronics out of their hand luggage.”