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UK Strike On, Heathrow Currently Normal

UK Strike On, Heathrow Currently Normal

The 24-hour UK public sector strike is taking place today, but Sky News reports that London Heathrow is currently working normally. At 08.00 the airport website reported that “immigration queues are currently at normal levels. However there still remains a possibility of delays for arriving passengers later in the day.”

The statement read: “Due to the effective contingency plans we have put in place with the airlines and the UK Border Agency over recent days, immigration queues are currently at normal levels. However there still remains a possibility of delays for arriving passengers later in the day.

“As a result of the whole airport community working together over the past few days we have more immigration officers on duty and fewer passengers arriving than would otherwise be the case. That puts us in a better place to avoid the serious delays and widespread disruption at Heathrow that were projected last week.

“We have deployed hundreds of additional customer services staff within our terminals. They are giving 24-hour support to passengers, providing information, food, drink and children’s activity packs. They are equipped with iPads and Blackberries to keep passengers up to date.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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