A strike which threatened to disrupt Christmas travel plans has been called off by Unite the union.

British Airways cabin crew had planned to walk-out on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in a dispute over pay, involving around 2,700 mixed fleet members.

British Airways, which operates out of Heathrow Airport as well as other airports across the rest of the UK, Tweeted the news at 9.20pm on Thursday, December 22.

On their website, British Airways said: "We will be running our normal schedules on those two days and if you are travelling with us, we look forward to welcoming you on board.

"Thank you for your support and understanding."

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Over the past four days, and indeed the past two years, this union has worked tirelessly to find a resolution to the issues causing our members concern.

“We now have a new offer from the company which we will put to our members. The two day strike over Christmas and Boxing Day is now suspended.

“It will be for our members now to decide if British Airways has done enough to meet their concerns.

“I want to pay tribute to our cabin crew members who have been determined to achieve a negotiated settlement.

"Their commitment to secure a better deal for all of their colleagues is something we should all admire.”

A planned strike by baggage handlers, which would have affected Heathrow Airport, was also called off earlier this week.

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