British Airways is getting ready to cancel flights on a minimum of 5 consecutive days in September following the announcement of strike motion by pilots.
Members of employees represented by the British Airline Pilots Affiliation (Balpa) will take industrial motion on September ninth, 10th and 27th in a dispute over pay.
Following the announcement, some clients flying between September eighth -12th have been advised their flight has been cancelled.
In an announcement, British Airways mentioned: “It’s utterly unacceptable that Balpa is destroying the journey plans of tens of hundreds of our clients with this unjustifiable strike motion.
“We’re extraordinarily sorry that after many months of negotiations, primarily based on a particularly reasonable provide, Balpa has selected this reckless plan of action.
“We are actually making adjustments to our schedule.
“We are going to do all the things we are able to to get as many individuals away on their journeys as doable.
“Nonetheless, it’s probably that lots of our clients won’t be able to journey and we might be providing refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights.”
British Airways carries 145,000 clients daily – with a fleet of greater than 280 plane.
“Our proposed deal of 11.5 per cent over three years could be very honest and effectively above the UK’s present fee of inflation, and against this to Balpa, has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB commerce unions, which signify almost 90 per cent of all British Airways colleagues together with engineers, cabin crew and floor employees,” added the airline in an announcement.
“Along with primary pay, pilots additionally obtain annual pay increments and common flying allowances.”
Nonetheless, Balpa advised it could be cheaper for British Airways to fulfill their calls for.
“A day of strike motion will price BA round £40 million,” argued an announcement from the union.
“Three days will price within the area of £120 million.
“The hole between British Airways’ place and Balpa’s place is about £5 million.
“Our proposal stays on the desk ought to British Airways want to attain settlement previous to strike motion.”