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Stansted airport strike

Flight delays possible over Jubilee weekend


Passengers have been advised to check in as normal at Stansted airport despite the strikes

A series of strikes by ground staff at Stansted airport could cause disruption for passengers flying over the busy Diamond Jubilee weekend.

The first industrial action is scheduled for 23 May for 24 hours, with further strikes planned for the weekend of 26 and 27 May and for all four days of the Diamond Jubilee weekend. 

This could affect people flying with Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. 

Up to 200 Swissport employees will strike in protest at proposals for new rosters, which they claim will cut wages. The strikers include baggage handlers but not check-in or other customer-facing staff.

Ryanair flights at Stansted

Companies have insisted that there should be no disruption to passengers. A spokesman for ground handler Swissport said it has contingency plans in place, and expects no flight cancellations. The company advises passengers with hold baggage to check in as normal. 

Ryanair will operate all its usual flights to and from the airport, but it is asking passengers to travel with carry-on luggage only. If there is disruption, it won’t guarantee that it will be able to accept check-in luggage.

This means some passengers would have to leave their luggage behind and subsequently claim a refund from Ryanair.

Flight and luggage delays

If your flight is delayed or cancelled as a result, the airline has an obligation to offer you meals and/or refreshments, depending on the length of the delay.

But you’re unlikely to get any compensation, as airlines class strikes as extraordinary circumstances that are beyond their control. 

However, your travel insurance may cover you against cancellations caused by strikes. See our  for more on what to do if your flight is delayed. 

Lost luggage

If you make it onto the flight but your luggage doesn’t, go to the relevant luggage handling counter at the destination airport and complete a Property Irregularity Report (PIR).

Before leaving the terminal, get a copy of this and take the handling agent’s contact details. You will probably need to spend money on essentials, but buy only what you need and keep receipts.

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