A planned bank holiday strike by baggage handlers at Luton airport has been called off at the last minute.

Members of the Unite union, employed by Menzies Aviation, were due to strike from 3am on Saturday until 2pm on Sunday.

A spokesman for the union said that following “productive talks” yesterday with Menzies, strike action planned for the bank holiday had been suspended.

A new ballot will be held on a new offer over the coming days, “with a recommendation to accept the proposed deal”, he said.

Passengers due to travel on one of the busiest weekends of the year had been warned to expect delays after workers voted to take part in industrial action as part of a pay dispute.

Additional strike action which was due to be taken by Luton airport staff such as fire fighters and security guards was postponed last week.