SriLankan Airlines to fly to Heathrow despite union action

SriLankan Airlines said it has no plans to cancel flights to London’s Heathrow Airport despite ground staff at Heathrow preparing to launch a strike.

SriLankan Airlines said that it has made preparations to minimize inconvenience to its valued passengers at London’s Heathrow Airport that may occur as a result of strike action planned by ground staff of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) this week.

A strike planned by Heathrow Airport workers on Monday has been called off as talks with unions continue to stop a further walkout on Tuesday.

Some 2,500 workers had planned to strike on both days in a row over pay.

Britain’s busiest airport has already cancelled 177 flights – roughly one in seven departures – after the Unite union rejected a pay offer.

SriLankan Airlines said it does not envisage any cancellation of its flights at this time and will operate as per its regular schedule.

SriLankan has reinforced its own operations for passengers and cargo at both the arrival and departure terminals of Heathrow, with additional employees on standby.

However, the areas most likely to be affected include security screening, which are operated by HAL and do not come under the purview of SriLankan.

SriLankan Airlines regrets any inconvenience to its valued passengers due to circumstances that are entirely beyond its control, and will do everything in its power to minimize this inconvenience. (Colombo Gazette)

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