Thousands Of UK Holidaymakers Face Chaos From British Airways Strikes

(Alliance News) - Holidaymakers' plans have been thrown into chaos after British Airways pilots ...

Alliance News 24 August, 2019 | 10:21AM
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(Alliance News) - Holidaymakers' plans have been thrown into chaos after British Airways pilots confirmed they will strike across three days in September.

Thousands of people received emails overnight warning flights on September 9, 10 and 27 would be hit by a "large number of delays and cancellations" after the British Airline Pilots' Association union confirmed the action.

BA's customer service lines were jammed on Saturday morning as travellers who awoke to the alert tried to find alternative arrangements.

The company's Twitter feed was also inundated with messages from frustrated customers, with some complaining they would miss weddings and honeymoons.

A company statement said: "It is completely unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the plans of tens of thousands of our customers with this unjustifiable strike action."

Balpa said 93% of members voted in favour of the action after rejecting a pay rise package of 11.5% over three years.

"A day of strike action will cost BA around GBP40 million," it said. "Three days will cost in the region of GBP120 million.

"The gap between BA's position and Balpa's position is about GBP5 million.

"Our proposal remains on the table should BA wish to reach agreement prior to strike action."

BA, which is owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, added: "We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible.

"However, it is likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel and we will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers book on cancelled flights."

It said flights with BA CityFlyer, Sun-Air and Comair were not affected and it was "exploring options to supplement our fleet by using aircraft and crew from other airlines".

BA will also work with its partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft.

BA Chief Executive Alex Cruz said the pilots had been offered an "incredible, inflation-busting deal" which would take a captain's pay to over GBP200,000 a year and they had been "very badly served" by their union.

Bapla said: "Over recent years BA pilots have made sacrifice after sacrifice to assist the company such as taking a pay cut, productivity increases, closing the final salary pension scheme, giving up annual leave days, a new rostering system, and reducing flying pay.

"In what is British Airways' centenary year, this will be the very first time its pilots will go on strike. They do so as a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run.

"Our ballot is valid until January, and more dates may be announced until such time as this matter is resolved."

By Lewis Pennock, PA

source: PA

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