How will trains and flights affect this December?

However, this does not mean pain-free travel. Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, said: “If they continue with these strikes, there will be undeniable, serious disruption to many thousands of people who have furlough plans.”

Train strikes, delays and cancellations

Nationwide RMT strikes:

  • Tuesday 13.12
  • Wednesday 14.12
  • Friday 12/16
  • Saturday 17.12
  • Saturday 24.12
  • Monday 26.12
  • Tuesday, December 27th
  • Tuesday January 3rd
  • Wednesday January 4th
  • Friday January 6th
  • Saturday January 7th

In addition, there are a number of other regional train strikes on other dates in December.

Regional strikes:

  • Sunday 11 December – Strike at RMT Avanti West Coast
  • Monday 12 December – Strike at RMT Avanti West Coast
  • Friday 23 December – Unite strike affecting East Midlands Railways
  • Saturday 24th December – Unite strike affecting East Midlands Railways

First and last train information

Railway workers are scheduled to disembark from Christmas Eve to December 27, although there are usually no trains running on Christmas Day and limited services on Boxing Day. But it means tens of thousands of people planning festive getaways could be stranded across the country, unable to spend the holidays with their families.

Outside of the Christmas weekend strikes, only one in five trains is expected to run on other strike days and almost all operators will be affected.

On the days after a strike – so-called “shoulder days” – the timetables are around 60 percent of the normal timetable.

Avanti has announced that its services will start on April 11-12. December will be significantly reduced due to labor disputes. East Midlands Railway has warned services will be extremely limited on strike days with the last departures at 4.30pm.

Airport strikes, delays and cancellations: international and domestic flights

From where?

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Glasgow
  • cardiff
  • Newhaven Harbour


  • 23 Dec
  • 24 Dec
  • 25 Dec
  • 26 Dec
  • 28 Dec
  • 29 Dec
  • Dec 30
  • Dec 31

What are airlines saying?

Not much so far. The feeling is that while cancellations won’t be widespread, the disruptions will be significant.

  • British Airways – has yet to comment. Sources said it was hopeful the disruption would be kept to a minimum.
  • EasyJet – said it was “too early” to say what impact the strikes would have on its flight schedules, but said it plans to operate as usual. “As you might expect, we are in discussions with individual airports about their contingency plans.”
  • Jet2 – “We very much intend to operate our full flight schedule.”
  • Virgin Atlantic – said it was working to “minimize disruption”.

Which airports are expected to be busiest?

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