Wizz Air flights from Luton airport face the threat of disruption due to a week-long strike by baggage handlers and check-in staff.

The employees of GH London Ground Handling Services have voted to walk out in protest against a pay freeze.

The strike action is due to start on March 3 at 6pm and run until March 10 at 5:59pm.

GH London provides ground-handling services to Wizz Air which runs more than 40 routes from Luton.

The Unite union said 96% of workers that took part in a ballot voted in favour of strike action.

The company has now requested talks which the union said it hoped would be “constructive and meaningful”.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Unite has been calling for meaningful talks with GH London since the beginning of 2018.

“This strike vote is a result of the company’s failure to listen to its workforce who face a cut in their living standards.

“Now that the company is prepared to meet, we hope we can get constructive talks underway to resolve this dispute.

“Luton airport is one of the busiest airports in the UK. A strike by baggage handlers and check-in staff will cause considerable disruption to flights.

“It is time for GH London to recognise the contribution workers make by increasing pay so they can keep up with the rising cost of living.”