A strike by workers at Southend Airport is set to go ahead after talks to resolve an industrial dispute broke down.

With baggage handlers, security staff, aircraft dispatch and flight operations personnel due to walk out, it could cause disruption for people flying over the Christmas period.

The strike will take place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

It's organised by the GMB union, who say Stobart Aviation and Stobart Aviation Services, who are contracted to provide services at the airport, have failed to recognise them.

In reply to one passenger, the Airport tweeted that they have a plan to minimise disruption:

Talks had been ongoing between the parties involved, aided by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), but they have now collapsed.

“Despite the assistance of ACAS talks have broken down and it is now inevitable that our members at Southend Airport will be taking strike action on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and Boxing Day.

Gary Pearce, GMB Regional Organiser