BA pilot strike continues to impact operations

Marco Green
September 11, 2019

The 2.55pm flight from Gatwick has been cancelled on both days, as well as the return flights scheduled for 8.10pm.

BA said it would take some time to get back to a completely normal flight schedule, because of the nature of its complex global operation.

The spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately, with no detail from Balpa on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel almost 100 per cent of our flights all over the world.”.

Nearly half BA's fleet of more than 300 planes, together with 700-plus pilots, began Wednesday out of position, BA said, while in excess of 4,000 cabin crew have had their rosters disrupted and some won't be able to fly due to legal rest requirements.

About half of the airline's 300 aircraft are out of position.

"In addition, more than 4,000 cabin crew have had disruption to their rosters, and in many cases will be unable to operate again for several days due to legal rest requirements".

In advance of the strike, BA offered full refunds, or bookings on alternative dates or flights with a different airline.

The BA website's flight information page shows many flights were scheduled to run as normal from London Heathrow on Wednesday morning, but some were delayed or cancelled.

The strike action impacted travel plans for close to 200,000 people and cost the airline £40 million (S$68 million) a day based on its own estimates.

The move comes after the airline was hit with the biggest strike action on Monday, September 9, 2019.

General secretary Brian Strutton said: "Surely any reasonable employer would listen to such a clear message, stop threatening and bullying, and start working towards finding a solution". The union wants a pay deal to include profit sharing for BA pilots.

Balpa says its members have taken lower pay rises and made sacrifices during more stringent times for the airline in recent years.

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