Europe Travelers: British Airways Strike Resumes – Some Cancellations Expected

The cabin crews of British Airways have walked off the job again today – the latest action in a series of strikes against the airline.

Today’s strike is scheduled to last through Saturday, May 29. If no agreement is reached, other strike dates have been set as follows:

  • Sunday, May 30 through Thursday, June 3
  • Saturday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 9

Flight Disruptions

British Airways says there will be no disruption for flights to/from Gatwick and London City Airports. As for Heathrow, the carrier says it expects to be able to fly about 70% of its passengers. It is not clear if it will meet those expectations, though.

The carrier says of this current action, “We will continue to keep as many of you flying as possible.” However, already numerous flights have been canceled.

Why They Strike

Cabin crew members (including flight attendants) are striking over pay and working conditions. So far, no agreement has been reached between the airline and Unite, the union that represents almost all of BA’s 15,000 cabin crew members, although British Airways says it is willing to continue talks with the other side.

Earlier Strikes

In March, there were two strikes that grounded some flights and disrupted travel for thousands; these earlier actions reportedly cost the carrier in the neighborhood of $62 million.

Rough year for British Airways, what with strikes and the volcanic ash that also grounded flights and shut down European airspace.

What You Can Do

If you are slated to fly British Airways – either in the next few days or into June – check the airline’s website; it has a lot of good information, including contact numbers and “frequently asked questions”. Then, get in touch with the airline to see what your options are.

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Published: May 24, 2010