As the first strikes by train drivers in 2024 take effect, airline passengers are facing widespread problems getting to and from airports by rail.
The long and bitter dispute between the train drivers’ union, Aslef, and 14 train operators in England is into its third calendar year. With no settlement in sight to the long and bitter row over pay and working arrangements, Aslef are stopping work region-by-region over the course of a week between Tuesday 30 January and Monday 5 February.
The effect is exacerbated by a nine-day ban on overtime running from 29 January to 6 February.
The UK’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, will remain accessible at all times on the Heathrow Express, the Elizabeth Line and the Tube. But other major airports will be badly affected – with most trains cancelled on strike days. The overtime ban will also cause some cancellations until Tuesday 6 February.