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Baggage handlers vote for strike action in run up to Christmas

The 48 hour strike will start at midnight on December 23rd Credit: PA

Travellers at airports across the UK will be hit by two days of strikes as workers at Swissport, the world’s largest ground and cargo handler, go on strike for two days on 23 and 24 December.

Over 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will walk out for 48 hours at 00.01 Friday 23 December in a long-running pay dispute, and plans that they say will seriously erode terms and conditions.

Unite today called on the management to take part in constructive negotiations in a bid to avoid Christmas travel disruption at the UK’s airports.

The airports affected will be Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds/Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, and Southampton and Stansted.

Fog causes flight delays and cancellations

Heavy fog has been causing delays and cancellations in and out of Southampton Airport Credit: Southampton Airport

Passengers travelling from Southampton Airport are being warned of delays because if heavy fog.

A spokesperson for the airport says flights have resumed but there is a backlog of disruption.

Passengers affected are being offered later flights.

Passengers are being offered later flights Credit: Southampton Airport


Thick fog causing delays at Southampton Airport

Thousands of passengers are facing delays after thick fog is affecting flights at Southampton Airport.

The freezing fog is causing problems for most flights out of the airport - and more information can be found on


Christmas advice from Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport has issued the following advice to passengers travelling over the Christmas period.

Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings and mince pies are all safe to go in hand luggage but liquid accompaniments such as brandy butter, custard or cream must go in the hold.

  • Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings and mince pies are all safe to go in hand luggage but brandy butter, custard or cream must go in the hold.
  • Only Flybe passengers can carry crackers up to 12 in a sealed box and have to be checked in. All other airlines do not allow crackers or party poppers.
  • All alcohol and other liquids in containers over 100ml must be checked in with the hold baggage. However, passengers may purchase wine, champagne and spirits in World Duty Free after passing through security. Liqueur chocolates can be packed in hand luggage.

Passengers face airport delays

Passengers at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Southampton airports are being told to expect delays due to an air traffic control problem. National Air Traffic Services says it's a technical hitch related to a changeover from night-time to daytime duties.

Due to a technical problem at Swanwick we are currently experiencing some difficulty switching from night time to daytime operation. This may result in some delays for which we apologise. Engineers are working to rectify the problem as soon as possible."


Thousands used Southampton Airport this August

Southampton Airport has had 200,000 passengers using the airport in August this year, which is an increase of 11% on August 2012.

The most popular destinations people travelled to were European countries, with flights to Malaga, Faro and Verona being popular.

Flights to Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney in the Channel Islands were also very popular.

Dave Lees, Managing Director said, "There are a number of reasons for this strong growth in August.

"These include extra flights being provided by Flybe, a range of competitive ticket prices and growing confidence in the economy.

"We are looking forward to a busy winter season at Southampton Airport with our largest ever ski season starting here in December."

Southampton Airport at forefront of energy saving measures

Southampton Airport is undertaking a ground-breaking project to improve lighting on the aircraft stands as well as reduce carbon emissions.

The airport will make savings of around £45,000 by installing Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting throughout the airport, cutting its electricity use by ten percent.

It is the first time LED technology has been used in this way at any UK airport.

The airport has replaced more than 70 per cent of its lighting with LED alternatives and also used solar powered technology across the airfield - cutting its electricity use by 10 per cent.

Improving the energy efficiency of the airport is a long term strategy. We’re committed to doing everything we can to manage the business as responsibly and efficiently as possible. The steps we’ve already taken demonstrate our commitment which we intend to build on into the future.”

– Dave Lees, Southampton Airport Managing Director
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