Passengers using Luton airport at the start of the summer peak holiday period face a baggage handlers’ strike.

The walkout is planned between 3am on Friday, July 20 and 1.59pm on Sunday, July 22.

The strike dates were set after handlers voted to reject a new pay offer from employer Menzies Aviation.

They claim the offer “fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living”.

The Unite union is meeting with Menzies today (Monday) to urge the company to resolve the dispute.

Unite regional officer, Jeff Hodge, said: “Menzies Aviation boosted its profits by a massive 72% and workers at Luton Airport believe the company can do more to recognise their hard-work.

“Baggage handlers have also accused Menzies of failing to communicate, breaking agreements and reneging on promises including a commitment to improve working conditions.

“Unite is meeting with Menzies today and we urge them to recognise the workers’ grievances and resolve this dispute.”