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Gatwick Airport: wave of Summer strikes

Mobilization for eight days between the months of July and August

The British trade union Unite recently declared that 950 members of the ground operating staff of London-Gatwick airport go on strike for eight days between the months of July and August. The mobilization is caused by a dispute over pay. This is an announcement that fuels the fear, already very high in the sector, of flight delays and cancellations in the midst of "Summer 2023". 

The workers who will cross arms are all employees of airlines including state-owned British Airways, low-cost airlines easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Tui and WestJet. The protest was called from July 28 to August 1 and from 4 to 8 of next month. The mobilization is especially worrying because the London-Gatwick airport is the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom, an important hub for flights to Europe and some intercontinental routes. 

This year's season promises to be a record one, with passenger demand for air travel which in some cases has improved the excellent performance recorded by some airports and airlines in the period preceding the pandemic. The announcement therefore puts vacationers' plans at risk at the height of the Summer travel season.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency