There will be more chaos waiting for passengers scheduled to fly to/from London’s Heathrow airport between 5 AM on Thursday (July 21) and 4:59 AM on Sunday (July 24).
The staff at AFS (Aviation Fuel Services) have rejected a pay offer that would have seen their real wages decrease over the past three-year period when adjusted for inflation.
Aviation Fuel Services handles refueling for more than 70 airlines at Heathrow, including Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, and American Airlines.
The airlines and Heathrow are trying to figure out contingency plans if the strike goes forward.
Short-haul flights can be fueled to operate both sectors at the origin airport. In contrast, long-haul flights can try to find the capacity to refuel at other refueling operators at Heathrow, which is likely very challenging in the current labor environment (probably no spare capacity).
Passengers scheduled to fly to and from Heathrow from Thursday to Sunday should keep this potential strike in mind and monitor possible emails from airlines offering rebooking and scheduling options in case the strike goes forward.