Continued cancellations expected after BA pilot strike ends

Sep 11, 2019

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After being forced to cancel over 1,700 of its flights this Monday and Tuesday due to a pilot strike, disruption continues for British Airways, with around 10% of flights cancelled on Wednesday.

The airline warns that it could be some time before the effects of the strike, organised by members of British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), wear off. Due to the disruption to Monday and Tuesday’s schedule, more than 700 pilots, 4 000 cabin crew and 300 aircraft from BA’s fleet will have started their day today in the wrong place, according to a statement by British Airways to Business Traveller. This makes keeping to the airline’s schedule a complicated process. Owing to legal crew rest requirements, some crew will be unable to operate for days to come.

“We are working hard to get back to normal and to get our customers to their destinations,” BA said.

At the time of writing, air traffic monitoring site Flightradar24 shows a significant increase in airborne British Airways aircraft compared to Tuesday, with the vast majority of long-haul flights shown leaving London in the first wave of departures post-strike.

Pilots are on strike over a pay increase, having rejected an 11.5% increase over three years.

If you have any doubt over the status of your flight, call British Airways directly for more information.

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