Travel chaos as Heathrow cargo staff announce strike?

Travel chaos as Heathrow cargo staff to go on strikePA

Passengers flying out of Heathrow next week could face delays following a cargo strike action announcement.

Staff working for Swissport Cargo Services will carry out two three-day strikes, with the first beginning at 6.30am on 27 June and ending at 6.29am on 30 June.

The second walk-out at Heathrow is scheduled to begin at 6.30am on 4 July, finishing at 6.29am on 7 July.

The Unite union, which represents 275 Swissport staff, warned that passengers could be "severely affected" by the strike, telling the Telegraph: "Flights could be delayed as cargo on passenger flights has to be properly configured before the plane can take-off," said a Unite spokesman. "If cargo and vehicles are in the wrong place because of the strike this is going to have adverse knock-on affects."

However, a spokesman for Heathrow's owners BAA told the paper: "We do not expect the strike by cargo crew working for Swissport to have any impact on passengers or flights from Heathrow".

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