Border Agency strike could cause significant delays at Gatwick

Public sector unions will take industrial action tomorrow in protest against pension reforms and significant delays are expected at Gatwick Airport when Border Agency staff join the strike action.

Discussions between the airport and its airlines have taken place in a bid to ease disruption caused by the industrial action. Some airlines have also taken measures to offer passengers the option of rebooking their flights to reduce passenger numbers disruption.

Airlines offering rebookings include: British Airways, Virgin and Flybe (for international passengers with connecting flights).

Gatwick has drafted in hundreds of volunteers to provide support and assistence and Gatwick Police has said it will be supporting the airport.

Scott Stanley, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Operating Officer said: “Gatwick continues to work closely with the UK Border Agency and its airlines to ensure robust contingency measures are put in place to ensure disruption to passengers and airport operations is kept to a minimum.

”We have had face to face meetings with our major airline carriers to discuss contingency plans for the day and have called on them to offer their arriving passengers the opportunity, where possible, to rebook their flights either in the days immediately before or after the 30th November. We would advise passengers to check with their airline to find out what plans and arrangements have been put in place.”

“We recognise that this will be a challenging time for all airport passengers, and we would warn passengers to be prepared for the potential for significant disruption at the border zones on the 30th November.

“Unfortunately, airport staff can not man the desks at the Border Zone but we will provide all necessary assistance to the Border Agency and we are determined to make sure that the needs and welfare of all our passengers will be met on the day.”

Tips to help avoid delays:

  • Use e-Passport gates where available
  • Have travel documents, including passports, ready
  • Fully complete landing cards
  • Stay in family groups.

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