Baggage chaos looms at UK airports
Christmas travel chaos loomed for four major UK airports this week as a Swedish baggage handling firm responsible for dozens of airlines prepared to cease its British operations. The move by Aviator, earmarked for the end of November, would leave Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle airports short of 1,700 staff.
Oliver Richardson, of Unite, the union that represents the workers,
said: “It is a serious concern for our members and the travelling public that so close to Christmas most of the airlines have not announced where their baggage handling and check-in contracts are going.”
A spokesperson for Aviator said: “We completely understand the desire for more clarity on plans. We are in discussions with a large number of stakeholders, including airlines, to ensure that this process is orderly. Our focus is on maximising employment and meeting the needs of our airline customers while minimising disruption.”