Here's what you need to know about the Heathrow airport strike

Abigail Malbon
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From Cosmopolitan

If you're off on holiday this summer and flying via Heathrow Airport, strikes could affect your travel plans.

Unite the union has announced that workers will be striking over pay on various dates over the coming months, and there's every chance it could put a spanner in the works of your trip.

Over 4,000 workers are set to walk in July and August, with Unite admitting the move "could potentially shut down the airport".

The dates for the strikes are:

  • Friday July 26
  • Saturday July 27
  • Monday August 5
  • Tuesday August 6
  • Friday August 23
  • Saturday August 24

However, despite the union's prediction about shutting down the airport, Heathrow insists they will do everything in their power to keep flights running. A spokesperson told the Sun Online travel: "Following this decision, we will be implementing contingency plans that will ensure the airport remains open and operating safely throughout any coordinated action.

"We will be working alongside our airline partners to minimise disruption caused to passengers as they look towards their well-deserved summer holidays."

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Still, there is a chance flights on the strike dates may be affected.

But there's a silver lining; if the worst happens and you're unable to fly, you'll likely be able to claim the cost of your journey back. If your flight is cancelled - regardless of why or when you were told - you have the legal right to either a full refund within seven days or a replacement flight to your destination.

And if you're delayed by three hours or more when flying to or from a European airport, you'll be able to claim compensation. Find out more by visiting the Civil Aviation Authority website.

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