British Airways aircraft arriving at strike affected UK airports not required to carry extra hour worth of fuel

Passport control operations are 'running very smoothly' at all six airports where around 1,000 Border Force officers have walked out

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GB News has been told that British Airways is no longer instructing its pilots to take on extra fuel to deal with possible delays at strike affected UK airports.

A senior source has confirmed that passport control operations are "running very smoothly" at all six airports where around 1,000 Border Force officers have walked out.

File photo dated 29/04/21 of a line of British Airways planes at London City Airport, as projects to turn household rubbish into fuel for "guilt-free flying" on jets have been awarded a share of a 165 million fund.
File photo dated 29/04/21 of a line of British Airways planes at London City Airport, as projects to turn household rubbish into fuel for "guilt-free flying" on jets have been awarded a share of a 165 million fund.

Airlines were preparing for the possibility of huge queues on the ground, forcing aircraft to hold and circle airports for long periods of time.

However, British Airways has now cancelled its requirement for pilots of long-haul flights to carry an extra hour's worth of fuel.

Short-haul pilots are also no longer being instructed to carry an additional 30 minutes of fuel.

The situation on the ground will be a huge relief for the airlines, who faced having to spend many millions of pounds to provide the extra aviation fuel.

Passenger Ken Macmillan praised the effectiveness of the military operation.
Passenger Ken Macmillan praised the effectiveness of the military operation.

A Heathrow spokesperson said this morning that passenger arrival halls were free-flowing and the airport was experiencing no current delays from the latest set of strikes.

One passenger, Ken Macmillan, who arrived back into Heathrow Terminal 5 this morning sent GB News a short video clip of passport control, praising the effectiveness of the military operation.