BA faces down new strike

by BTN Business Travel News

Aircraft wet-leased from Qatar Airways went into service with British Airways at the weekend as BA moved to allay the effects of the latest strike by Unite union members among its mixed-fleet cabin crew. The strike is due to last until 16 July.

BA says it will operate 99.5% of its schedule

BA was still insisting yesterday it would operate 99.5% of its schedule, including all flights at Gatwick, Stansted and London City airports and “the vast majority” of Heathrow operations.

Officials added that BA would merge “a very small number” of Heathrow services, and all its affected customers were being contacted in advance and rebooked to alternative flights.

Updates on the situation were being offered on the airline website, but only to customers who had booked and could access the “manage my flight” section by inputting a booking number.

BA’s public posture was to follow the original line posted on 19 June and not updated as of yesterday (Sunday), in which the airline said: “We recognise the uncertainty that Mixed Fleet Unite’s threat is causing and would like to reassure customers that the vast majority of our services will be unaffected.”

The message added: “If you currently have a booking, please ensure that your email and phone details are up to date by using Manage My Booking on our website so that we can continue providing you with updates on your flight.”

Qatar Airways is one of BA’s partners in the oneworld alliance and owner of a 20% stake in BA’s parent company IAG.

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Malcolm Ginsberg is a frequent contributor to UK Progressive Magazine and World View Show. Business Travel News is published every Monday globally by email and on the web. Its readers are travel suppliers, travel organisers and regular travellers. BT News is distributed on company Intranets, on notice boards and by trade organisations.

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