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  • Industrial Action at Heathrow

    We are disappointed that Unite has decided to take strike action during the worst crisis to hit the aviation sector.

    Unite the trade union plans to take industrial strike action at Heathrow on Friday 18th December.

    Whilst we do not expect any changes to flight schedules, we recommend that passengers flying on those days contact their airline ahead of travel to check the status of their flight.

    Frequently asked questions

    Unite the trade union plans to take industrial strike action at Heathrow on Friday 18th December (from 00:01 to 24:00).

    Whilst we do not expect any changes to flight schedules, we recommend that passengers flying on those days contact their airline ahead of travel to check the status of their flight.

    We will provide updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds,  and this FAQ page.

    Your airline will always have the most up to date flight information, so we recommend that passengers contact their airlines ahead of travel. We apologise for any uncertainty caused and have put robust contingency plans in place to ensure the airport remains open on dates when planned strike action is due to take place. 

    Airline contacts

    It may take longer than usual to get through security. This is especially important for our frequent flyers who may be used to travelling at typically quiet times with hand luggage only. Our advice to every passenger is to be in the terminal at Heathrow two hours before your scheduled departure for UK and European flights, and three hours for all other flights, even if you already have your boarding pass before arriving at the airport and are only travelling with hand luggage. This is extremely important on strike days, as you may have to queue for longer than you are used to. We want you to make your flight without delay, so please follow this very important advice, and as soon as you are checked in, proceed straight to Security.

    Being mindful and prepared for Security will help you and your fellow passengers get through as quickly and smoothly as possible. Please be prepared before you enter the central search area by reading our advice below.

    Get through security at Heathrow

    Below you will find more useful information about your journey at Heathrow;

    Fly Safe

    It's very disappointing that Unite has decided to take strike action during the worst crisis to hit the aviation sector. Our focus has been to protect jobs - which is why we've offered every frontline colleague who wants one, a job at a market rate salary above the London Living Wage, even despite a loss of over £1.5bn to our business so far this year. 

    Heathrow has been engaged in discussions with its trade unions on these proposals for over six months now. 

    Throughout this period, Heathrow has provided a range of health and wellbeing services to provide support and guidance for colleagues. We know that financial security and certainty over roles is a key concern and cause of anxiety for colleagues, which is why we have deliberately acted to protect jobs. 

    We want to minimise disruption for our passengers and ensure everyone can travel safely and easily, and that's why we are implementing contingency plans to keep the airport operating throughout any strike action.