BALPA calls off next week’s British Airways strike

Sep 18, 2019

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A planned strike by British Airways pilots on 27 September has been called off by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). However, the airline has already cancelled numerous flights planned on that date in preparation for the strike, and it is unclear whether any or all of those flights will be reinstated.

The union said that the recent two-day strike on 9 and 10 September was enough. The strike had been called in response to the airline’s position during ongoing negotiations for the pilots’ contract.

“Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA, the pilots have decided to take the responsible action,” a statement from BALPA General Secretary Brian Sutton said. According to the pilots’ union, “It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand.”

The impact of the two-day strike earlier this month was massive; BA were forced to cancel virtually all their flights, and at one point there were no BA aircraft in the air anywhere in the world.

We reached out to British Airways to find out what would would happen to passengers who have either cancelled their flights completely or made different arrangements with the airline following the original strike announcement. A spokesperson from the airline commented: “We have just received this news. We are considering the implications and we will give updates in due course.”

We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we receive any updates from BA.

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