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Heathrow flights cancelled as support staff strike looms

Heathrow Airport is to cancel 177 flights on Monday and Tuesday after a union vote rejected a pay offer.
Around 4,000 Unite members including engineers, firefighters and security staff voted on the airport's revised deal, with 88% opting to strike.
If the walk-outs go ahead, Unite says, almost 2,500 staff will miss work.
Heathrow is yet to announce which flights will be cancelled, and said passengers should check with their airlines to see if they were affected.
Affected passengers might be offered other flights or refunds by their airline, it added.
Heathrow said the flight cancellations, which affect 91 airlines including British Airways, were a pre-emptive in case a solution was not found.
Talks between union leaders and Heathrow management at the conciliation service Acas, aimed at averting the strike action, lasted until late on Friday and resumed on Saturday.
The airport, which advised passengers to check its website for updates, said its contingency plans would keep Heathrow open and safe on both strike days, albeit with some disruption.
Passengers still scheduled to fly on Monday and Tuesday have been warned to arrive at least three hours ahead of long-haul departures and two hours ahead of short-haul departures, because it may take longer to get through security.
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