British Airways cancels hundreds more flights head of a third strike day later this month
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Following two days with almost all British Airways flights cancelled earlier this week, the airline has begun cancelling flights on a planned third strike day on Friday 27 September.
Though negotiations between the airlines and BALPA, the pilots union representing around 90% of BA pilots, continue, BA has decided to cancel flights in advance of the planned strike day. They airline cancelled flights ahead of the first two planned strike days, which The Guardian reports cost the airline £40 million per day. Though British Airways insists this is to give passengers as much warning regarding disruptions to their travel plans, as the cancellations were made 14 days in advance, the timing is likely to be so that the airline is not legally required to provide compensation under EU261 regulations.
British Airways has brought in additional call centre staff to help affected passengers. More than 100,000 passengers are expected to be affected, though, as with the previous strikes, flights from London City Airport are not expected to be affected. The airline insists it remains open to discussions with BALPA at all times.
What to do if you are affected
If you are travelling on a British Airways flight on 27 September 2019, check both your emails and your reservation online through the Manage My Booking section of the British Airways website to see if your flight has been cancelled. If your flight is affected, you should be given the option to either change your flight to a BA-operated flight on another day, or receive a full refund. BA says its also working with other airlines to book affected passengers with other carriers.
British Airways has updated the special strike page of its website to reflect the decision to cancel flights for the third day on September 27. If you call the airline, prepare for long wait times as thousands of other passengers are likely to be doing the same.
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