Page last updated at 16:56 GMT, Friday, 11 July 2008 17:56 UK

Derry airport strike goes ahead

City of Derry airport
Talks to resolve the airport strike have collapsed

Derry Airport will be closed on Wednesday 16 July and Thursday 17 July after talks over a pay dispute collapse.

The strike is part of Unite union's UK-wide industrial action, and they are insisting on an all member strike.

Derry City Council had called on the union Unite to change its decision to strike at the City of Derry Airport.

The council had hoped to secure an exemption for airport staff from the strike.

A spokesperson for Derry City Council said they were "disappointed that an agreement could not be reached".

Speaking earlier Acting Town Clerk John Meehan said that the strike was "a position that seeks to inconvenience local passengers and put at risk investment and jobs".

The council are urging airlines not to cancel flights to keep disruption to a minimum.

Services will be suspended from midnight on Tuesday 15 July until midnight on Thursday 17 July.

Passengers will be able to access updates on a regular basis through the airport website.

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