Travel chaos expected across the country as firefighters lash out at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane airports

Australian travelers who have holiday plans next week could face major delays as travel issues loom with firefighters flying the flag as they leave the job at airports across the country.

Some holidaymakers say they are reluctant to fly without firefighters ready for emergencies during the four-hour strike at 27 international and domestic airports in all capital cities and major regional hubs on December 9.

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7NEWS spoke to several travelers on Wednesday who said they didn’t want to get on a plane if there were no firefighters on the ground during takeoff and landing.

Adding to the nerves, travelers could also face airport chaos, as the United Firefighters Union says it could potentially ground planes at every major airport in the country, causing delays throughout the day.

The union says the strike action will affect all international and domestic travel and cause significant delays, but airlines remain adamant services will be full steam ahead.

The strike is part of an ongoing industrial dispute over staffing after more than 100 aviation firefighter jobs have been shed since October last year.

Marked ‘Serious Incident’

United Firefighters Union aviation branch secretary Wes Garrett said their concerns were long-standing issues focused on safety.

“We know there’s going to be some pretty serious disruption during that four-hour window,” he told Sunrise on Wednesday.

“We are 100 firefighters short… our members see no other option but to escalate our action. Safety is our top priority.”

According to Air Services Australia, the dispute is about demands for a 15.5 percent pay rise.

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While firefighters anticipate their action could cause chaos at the airport, Air Services Australia said plans were in place to avoid disruption.

“We have to give seven days’ notice … that gives the industry seven days to plan for these disruptions,” Garrett said.

“It’s up to the air services to reschedule these flights.”

Air Services Australia’s Dominique Lamb told 7NEWS: “There are a number of things that Air Services Australia will put in place to ensure people can continue to operate and fly safely in our country.”

Qantas and Virgin told 7NEWS they will continue to fly, with Qantas saying it had not predicted any travel disruptions.

The details of their plans to fly without firefighters are not yet clear.

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James Brien

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