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Disruption to Gatwick Trains and BA Flights Possible

Northern Ireland travellers through London Gatwick aiming to use train services to London city centre will be affected by industrial action planned for this summer.

The disruption starts today when ASLEF union train driver members working for Southern and Gatwick Express introduce an overtime ban. The ban will continue until further notice.

Southern Rail said it would only be able to operate 75 per cent of services on Thursday and Friday but would try to get more services running by Monday.

There will be no off-peak Gatwick Express trains between the airport and Brighton, but a limited peak service will operate.

Gatwick Express services will operate a reduced timetable between the airport and London Victoria.

Meanwhile, British Airways is insisting it will be able to fly all customers to their destination despite strike action by its mixed fleet crew starting this weekend.

However, it has been forced to cancel and merge some Heathrow flights, which means some customers are having to rebook.

The strike starts this Saturday (July 1) and continues until just before midnight on Sunday, July 16.

It is the latest walk-out in a long-running pay dispute between BA management and its 1,400 mixed fleet crew.

Today it says it will be able to operate a full schedule at Gatwick and London City airports throughout the latest strike, as well as the 'vast majority' of its Heathrow schedule.

"We will merge a very small number of Heathrow services, and all affected customers are being contacted in advance and will be rebooked to alternative flights," it said.

"We would urge customers to ensure that the correct email and telephone details are in their bookings and to check their travel plans on our website if they need any further details."

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