Ahead Of Pilot Strike, British Airways Cancel Flights On September 27 - TNBC UK

British Airways has already started sending emails to passengers to cancel flights two weeks ahead of another strike scheduled by pilots. 

September 27’s industrial action is likely to affect hundreds of flights and over ten thousands of passengers. 

The dispute is related to a pay-rise that pilots claim to be unsatisfied. 

Earlier this week, pilots have already staged a 48-hour walkout, forced around 2 lakh passengers to change their traveling plan. 

A spokesperson from British Airways has said that the decision had been taken “to give customers as much certainty as possible.” Passengers were being optioned for a full refund or to rebook on an alternative date or airline.

She said, “We are very sorry that Balpa’s actions will affect thousands of more travel plans,” adding that “we urge them to call off their strike and return to negotiations.”

British Airways had also estimated that the pilot strike would cost them £40m a day.

Balpa has called the choice to cancel flights “irresponsible and inconsiderate to its customers”, said that it was a strategy made to save the airline money. 

By giving pre-notice to passengers, the airlines avoid having to pay compensation. 

Balpa has decided the second strike period at the later date to allow time for negotiations to take place, but that the British Airways hadn’t replied to its latest proposals.

It continued that it had offered “multiple opportunities” to work with them to avoid the pilot strike. 

British Airways has offered pilots a pay rise of 11.5 percent over three years, which it claims would boost the pay of captains to £200000.

However, Balpa said that most of its members earn much less than that, with new pilots started less than £30000.

When British Airways has canceled flights ahead of the two-day strikes this week, it wrongfully canceled extra flights as well. 

It was forced to draft in extra customer relations staff on August bank holiday weekend to deal with hundreds of thousands of phone calls as well as messages, after customers found of not having options to change their flights. 

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