The Catch-up: Could your summer holiday be ruined by travel chaos?

What happened?

Summer holidaymakers are facing months of travel chaos after workers at major UK airports announced a series of strikes. Heathrow airport workers including security guards, engineers and drivers will walk out on a number of dates in July and August. EasyJet staff at Stansted airport are planning a 17-day strike from 25 July.

How bad is it going to be?

Heathrow Airport could be “shut down” due to the strikes over a pay dispute, the Unite union said. More than 4,000 staff members are planning to strike after the rejection of an 18-month pay offer amounting to £3.75 extra a day for the lowest paid. More than 200,000 passengers pass through Heathrow on an average day. A Heathrow spokesman said: “We are disappointed that Unite will be taking strike action. Following this decision, we will be implementing contingency plans that will ensure the airport remains open and operating safely throughout any coordinated action.”

The Stansted strike dates are July 25-29, August 2-5, August 9-12, August 16-19, and August 23-27. Unite spokesperson Mark Barter said: “There is no getting away from it; these 17 days of strike action will cause severe disruption to thousands of easyJet passengers using Stansted for their summer holidays."

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