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Airport strike cancelled after new pay offer

Airport ground handling workers will not go on strike tomorrow as planned.

The strike was called off by Unite union after a new pay offer was made.

A plane takes off from Heathrow. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Union members working for dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester had been due to walk out tomorrow, but will be balloted on revised proposals.

Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.

All of this could have been avoided if the company hadn't refused requests to negotiate and go to Acas a number of weeks ago. We will now be putting the details of the revised pay offer to our members over the coming weeks.

– Kevin Hall, Unite

United Airlines flight 28 lands at Heathrow

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A United Airlines flight that was destined for Newark, New Jersey has landed safely back at Heathrow after a "maintenance issue" forced the aircraft to burn off fuel above the English Channel for several hours.

The flight, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 13, left the airport at around 11am on its way to Newark, New Jersey, but was forced to divert shortly after take-off.

The Boeing 767-400 aircraft was initially expected to land back at Heathrow at 1.15pm but flight radar websites showed the plane circling at 12,000 feet for a number of hours.

United Airlines confirmed Flight UA28 finally landed safely at Heathrow at shortly before 4pm.

A spokesman for the airline said: "Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the aircraft. Our customer service team at Heathrow is providing assistance to customers and is making arrangements for them to complete their journeys.

"We regret any inconvenience experienced by our customers."

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United Airlines Flight 28 now circling over Surrey

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A United Airlines flight that has been circling over the English Channel for several hours has again diverted its course after apparently being scheduled to return to Heathrow at 3pm (GMT).

According to data from the flightradar24 website, United Airlines Flight 28 now appears to be circling above Woking and Leatherhead in Surrey after initially heading towards Heathrow airport from its holding pattern in the English Channel.

London-New York flight 'circling in Channel' after take-off

The airliner's path is shown on a flight tracking website. Credit: Airlive.net

A United Airlines flight from Heathrow to New York appears to have been circling in the English Channel for two hours since shortly after taking off.

Officials at Heathrow Airport and United Airlines were unable to immediately comment on what was causing the flight to divert from its planned path.

However, the airline said in a reply to a question on Twitter that it had received no information "that there is any plan to return to Heathrow".

Flight tracking website Airlive.net suggested on Twitter that the flight was "burning fuel before returning" to Heathrow.

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Heathrow computer glitch disrupts flights

An IT system failure at Heathrow Airport has resulted in passengers facing disruption.

Flights were disrupted at Heathrow after a computer glitch. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A spokeswoman for the busy London airport said staff had to manually process passengers' baggage "for about an hour" during the incident in which an IT system was down.

She said the problem - which affected all terminals but mainly terminals three and five - caused "some disruption" and has now been resolved.

"We are experiencing some disruption as a result of an issue with one of Heathrow Airport's IT systems. We are working with the airport to resolve the matter and customers should check ba.com for the very latest information about their flights. We are sorry for any disruption to customers' travel plans."

– British Airways statement

Airport Commission turns down 'Boris Island'

Boris Johnson's big idea for expanding airport capacity in the south, without expanding Heathrow has been sunk.

His 'island airport' in the Thames Estuary, was firmly rejected today by the Airports Commission as 'too expensive'.

The London Mayor insists he will not give up on the plan. Its rejection, he said, was 'short-sighted'.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

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