Travel chaos likely spoil Christmas holiday plans

Baggage handlers, check-in staff at two airports announce strikes


Work stoppages by BA cabin crews

17th December 2009: If you are a foreigner planning to fly back home during Christmas and New Year’s holidays, get ready to land into travel chaos.

According to available information baggage handlers and check-in staff at Heathrow and Aberdeen airports announced strikes in tandem with work stoppages by British Airways (BA) cabin crews.

Media reports suggest BA applied for court injunction to put to an end the 12-day strike by its workers, which was scheduled to start on Tuesday. It also held talks with the union leaders, but the same concluded Wednesday evening without a deal.

The media reports quoting BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh as saying the strike, on issues like job cuts, pay and working conditions, is a senseless action that will ruin Christmas for many ordinary people.

It is likely ground a substantial number of BA’s planes. Normally, the airlines operates 650 flights and carries 90,000 passengers daily.
Information available also suggests besides this, the passengers may face problems with the baggage handlers and check-in staff at London’s Heathrow and the Aberdeen airport holding a trio of 48-hour strikes, the first started on Tuesday.

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