A planned strike of ground handlers at London Heathrow Airport looks set to hinder travel and logistics, and could disrupt flights to Qatar at the start of the World Cup.
Unite Union workers at both Menzies and dnata have planned a three day walkout from November 18th. This action is expected to impact Qatar Airways considerably, as the airline are running an additional 10 flights per week during the World Cup.
The competition starts on November 20th, with home nations England and Wales both due to play their first games during the planned dispute. Many other airlines will be disrupted, such as Virgin, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates.
The union, also responsible for recent walkouts at both Liverpool and Felixstowe ports, argue that pay rises on offer do not cover the current levels of inflation. However, the companies are reported to believe the demands do not reflect the current economic environment.
If terms cannot be agreed, the strike will undoubtedly impact air freight operations too.