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Nearly 300,000 flyers hit by first BA pilot strike

Industrial action on Monday and Tuesday

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the travel plans of thousands of people impacted by the first-ever strike by British Airways pilots. 


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Starting at midnight (Sunday night), the industrial action will see BA pilots walk off the job for 48 hours (9 and 10 September) as part of a long-running row over pay. Another strike has been scheduled for 27 September should the matter remain unresolved.   


“We apologise for the significant impact this will have on our flights. If your flight is cancelled, please don’t go to the airport,” BA said in a statement late Sunday.


“Our customer teams – supported by additional colleagues - have been working tirelessly to help as many of you as possible and to provide options, including a full refund or re-booking to a different date of travel or alternative airline.


“If you have a flight booked with us on those dates, it is likely that you will not be able to travel as planned due to BALPA’s strike action. 


“We are offering all affected customers full refunds or the option to re-book to another date of travel or alternative airline.”


BA added that flights on subsidiaries BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR and Comair are not affected, and that it is working with partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take the maximum number of customers.


With BA operating more than 800 flights a day, it is expected around 145,000 passengers each day will be affected by the strike, The Guardian reported.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 9 September 2019

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