Etihad Airways cancels flights to London

28 November 2011

Heathrow and Manchester airports to see lengthy delays at passport control

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has cancelled three flights to London Heathrow on 30 November as the UK Border Agency is set to go on a 24-hour strike.

Aside from the three cancellations, a fourth flight will operate with a reduced passenger capacity.

Two other major Gulf carriers have also issued travel warnings to passengers flying to the UK on 30 November as the UK Border Agency goes on strike. Dubai-based Emirates and Qatar Airways have all warned of the possibility of delays and flight disruptions. A statement on Emirates’ website says all flights to and from the UK on 30 November “may be disrupted or forced to be cancelled”. Passengers are advised to consider alternative travel dates. Qatar Airways says passengers travelling with the airline to Heathrow and Manchester are likely to be affected.

The British army is on standby to work on Britain’s borders and handle passport queues on Wednesday during the strikes over public service pensions.

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