– Keith Greenfield, Heathrow Express Managing Director
Job losses were the one thing our proposals avoided - but the RMT’s wrong-headed path of repeated strikes has added to our costs, forcing us to now consider redundancies.
From the outset we have warned the RMT that strikes are not the answer as they are increasing costs when we are trying to reduce them. They have ignored this advice.
The RMT leadership alone is responsible for putting its own members’ jobs at risk. We warned them. They ignored the warning. Now, entirely unnecessarily, their members’ futures are far less certain.
Heathrow Express bosses are threatening to sack staff to bankroll losses caused by strikes.
In a statement, Heathrow Express said: "Job losses cannot be ruled out at Heathrow Express if the RMT union presses ahead with further wrong-headed strike action."
Heathrow Airport is experiencing disruption of flights both in and out of it due to fog.
Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline. Flights may be delayed or cancelled.
Due to the fog,Heathrow is experiencing some delays to arriving and departing flights.Pls check the status of your flight before you travel.
There is also disruption to flights at London City Airport due to low visibility.
Passengers advised to contact their airline for more information.
A Heathrow Express spokesperson, said:
“93% of our passengers are satisfied with the Heathrow Expressservice which is a 3% increase since Spring 2012. We have spent £15 million pounds on upgrading the Heathrow Express fleet since May 2012 and have improved passenger information on board, online and on mobile devices. We are continuing to invest in improving all aspects of customer service.”
There will be no Heathrow Express services until 2.30pm this afternoon due to a strike by rail workers. It's in protest over the sacking of a driver.
Heathrow Express staff have called a 24-hour strike in protest at disciplinary action against two colleagues. They are walking out from midday today, hitting services on the rail link between the airport and central London.