AIRLINES are warning holidaymakers who are travelling this week ahead of more strike action across the UK.

Members of the Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union – who work for Border Force – have confirmed they will be going on strike on February 1.


The union has said it will be the "largest civil service strike for years," leading to a number of airlines warning Brits to allow extra time at the airport this week about long queues.

Jet2 said: "We just wanted to remind you that there are planned Border Force strikes taking place from Wednesday 1st February until Thursday 2nd February 2023 at 07:00."

They added that while all of their flights would operate as normal, waiting times were likely to be longer.

They continued: "Things may take a little longer than usual, particularly when you arrive in the UK. Our teams will be on hand to help your journey run smoothly.

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"You don't need to take any action, we will continue to update you if there are any further changes or updates."

EasyJet has also updated their travel guidelines for this week.

A spokesperson said: "On February 1 strikes are taking place in the UK that may affect your journey.

"When you arrive passport queues may be longer than usual."

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They advised making sure phones are charged and that you have all necessary medication and disability assistance in case of long waits.

They added: "If you’re usually able to travel with either an ID or a passport, we’d recommend that you bring your passport as these can be used at any airport with eGates in place and will help to speed up your journey."

It was also advised to add something to your suitcase to make it stand out as "baggage reclaim area may be busier if there are delays at the border".

Thousands of Border Force agents walked out last year at both UK airports and the Dover border in December, from 23-26 and 28-31.

The Home Office was forced to call in 625 members of the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and civil servants to help combat the effects of strike action by UK Border force last month.

Strikes have already caused chaos for Brits heading abroad this year.

An airport in Berlin was forced to cancel all flights due to strike action last week, with around 300 flights due to take off and land at Berlin Brandenburg Airport affected.

A mass walkout across France also took place last week due to plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64, with flights to Paris Airport and Eurostar trains affected.

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And air traffic controllers across 16 Spanish airports confirmed they would be walking out every Monday for the next month.

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