Heathrow workers have suspended today’s strikes as they vote on a new pay deal tabled by the airport.

More than 4,000 members of the Unite union at the airport had been due to stage a two-day strike starting yesterday, but the action was suspended on Sunday evening after a breakthrough in negotiations.

However, some airlines had proactively cancelled flights in preparation for severe disruption. While some carriers such as British Airways chose to reinstate those services, passengers are advised to continue checking with their airline about whether or not their flight will operate.

Workers initially called the strikes in a dispute over a proposed pay rise, which Heathrow claimed was worth 7.3 per cent over two-and-a-half years.

Unite said it would not reveal the details of the latest offer until after its members involved in the dispute have had the chance to submit their ballots.

Despite the new pay deal, the union has not ruled out a further walk-out planned for 23 and 24 August, for which Heathrow says it has contingency plans to continue operating.

Meanwhile, security staff at Gatwick airport are still set to stage a 48-hour strike starting this Saturday, 10 August.

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