British Airways pilots CALL OFF September strike action – but warn of further walkouts if negotiations stall

BRITISH Airways pilots have called off their strike due to take place on 27 September.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) said it was time to end the dispute before “irreparable damage is done to the brand.”

 BA pilots have called off the strike


BA pilots have called off the strikeCredit: Alamy

Pilots were due to walk out for a third time this month, following the strike action on September 9 and 10.

However, BALPA said they wanted to stop the dispute before it “escalates further”.

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course.

“In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.

“BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”

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However, they warned that they would announce further strikes if BA “refuse new negotiations”.

Many passengers have already had their flights cancelled on September 27, after the airline gave two weeks notice.

British Airways have not confirmed if these flights will be reinstated.

Passengers who had their flights cancelled are entitled to a full refund, or could be offered alternative flights.

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You should also get free hotel accommodation and transfer if there’s an overnight stay.

If you booked through a travel company they are also liable to arranging your travel.

British Airways were forced to cancel around 1,700 flights on September 9 and 10, which affected more than 280,000 people.

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Disruption also continued into Wednesday.

The pilot strike – which cost BA £80 million in lost revenue – is following a failure to settle a pay dispute.

The union rejected British Airways attempt to settle the feud, who offered a  11.5 per cent pay rise and one-off lump sum offer.

BALPA said pilots had made previous sacrifices to assist the company including cuts to salary, pension and leave, but the airline was now recording profits of £2bn a year and the strike was “a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run”.

To check if your BA flight has been affected, passengers are advised to use BA’s Manage My Booking page.

Furious passengers slammed the airline after their flights were cancelled.

Many were forced to spend thousands of pounds on alternative flights and hotels.

Sun Online Travel has contacted British Airways for comment.



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