LONDON, UK — British Airways is anticipated to cancel up to 32 daily flights to and from Heathrow during the early part of the Easter holidays due to a strike by the airport's security personnel.

The strike is set to begin on Friday, March 31, and end on Sunday, April 9 (Easter Sunday).

The Unite union stated that over 1,400 security guards employed by Heathrow Airports Ltd (HAL) at Terminal 5 will participate in the 10-day strike, which is centered around a pay dispute. In response to Heathrow's directive to reduce passenger numbers during the strike, British Airways has made minor adjustments to its schedule and apologized to affected customers, offering options such as rebooking or full refunds.

Heathrow Airport has vowed not to let the strikes disrupt passengers' holiday plans and will deploy an additional 1,000 staff members and its entire management team to assist passengers during the Easter period. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham argued that airport workers deserve a fair pay raise, citing low wages and the struggle to make ends meet as the reasons for the strike.

This follows a three-day strike by Heathrow ground handling staff in December, which was called off after an improved pay offer was made.