Border Force has confirmed it’s going to take strike action over the Christmas period, which is likely to have a knock-on effect at our ports and airports at what is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.
The strikes are due to take place on the 23-26 and 28-31 December, at a number of the UK’s biggest airports including Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.
I was at the ABTA Travel Matters conference yesterday, where Aviation Minister Baroness Vere indicated that Border Force would be going on strike, she just didn’t know the dates. In any case, she was confident they had plans in place to mitigate for the action – even though there could be longer queues at the airport.
According to the Home Office, all the eGates will remain open – so anyone with a biometric British passport over the age of 12 can use these (and additional countries such as Canada, Australia and the US).