BA flights continue to be affected despite end of pilots strike

  • BA flights continue to be affected despite end of pilots strike

BA flights continue to be affected despite end of pilots strike

British Airways cancelled dozens of flights on Wednesday (Sept 11) as it wrestled with the fallout from a two-day pilot strike.

During the strike, British Airways, which is owned by IAG Cargo, said that it had been forced to cancel 100% of its flights - around 1,700 in total - as it had not been given information on exactly which pilots would be taking part in the strike.

BA has chose to cancel nearly all its flights for the second day in a row, it announced in a statement identical to the one issued Monday.

British Airways sincerely regrets that flights to and from Bermuda today and tomorrow are cancelled due to the strike action caused by the pilots union, Balpa.

"The nature of our highly complex, global operation means that it will take some time to get back to a completely normal flight schedule", BA said. And in addition to pilots being in the wrong place, BA said there was severe disruption to rosters for its 4,000 cabin crew.

A spokesman said: "We are very sorry for the disruption Balpa's industrial action has caused our customers".

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

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.”.

The two sides remain deadlocked in their dispute over pay following the strike, with the British Airline Pilots' Association saying BA must return to the negotiating table with "meaningful proposals" to avert the next scheduled walkout on Sept 27, or face the likelihood of further protests. The union wants a pay deal to include profit sharing for BA pilots.

Balpa said that the strikes had been a "powerful demonstration of the strength of feeling of BA pilots".