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First two BA strike dates announced – and what you can do to prepare

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Unite has announced the first two strike dates for British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew – Sunday 25 December and Monday 26 December 2016.

The current plan is to operate all long haul services.  Services from Gatwick and London City will not be impacted at all.

The following short haul routes are at risk of cancellation on 25th and 26th:

British Airways

  • Aberdeen
  • Bergen
  • Belfast City
  • Bilbao
  • Bologna
  • Basel
  • Budapest
  • Dusseldorf
  • Gibraltar
  • Gothenburg
  • Hannover
  • Hamburg
  • Helsinki
  • Kiev
  • Krakow
  • St Petersburg
  • Lisbon
  • Luxembourg
  • Manchester
  • Paris Orly
  • Oslo
  • Prague
  • Pisa
  • Stuttgart
  • Stavanger
  • Venice
  • Vienna
  • Warsaw
  • Zagreb

Passengers booked on these routes currently have the option of:

requesting a refund for their flight, or

transferring to another BA flight on a different day or

flying to another city within 300 miles not on the list above

BA will not move you to a different airline at this stage.  That would only be an option when your flight is definitely cancelled.

The official guidance on rebooking can be found here.


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Comments (85)

  • Paul says:

    Very clever strategy by the TU to strike on these two days. Firstly the crew get to be home with family.
    Secondly strike is limited to EU but with global impact due reliance on transfer traffic. BA will either have to settle or take early action to cancel to prevent scenes at LHR which would not play well on Christmas Day.
    They have a reduced flying plan and a complex and well thought out system for parking aircraft at LHR. This adds complexity at a time when most people are winding down for Christmas. Load factors also very high on both days.
    I think BA will either give in or they will take early action to curtail the scenes of chaos at LHR.
    I support the crew but am not flying.

  • Rachael says:

    I take offence to Lee’s comments. The crew are not lazy…obviously if they need to take on second jobs to bump up their salaries they are far from lazy. Some people feel the need to strike when all else fails sadly.
    I certainly support them and support all staff who work for the public such as all the 999 style crew as usually they deserve it.

  • Anon says:

    This is ironic considering VS always seem to follow news of any BA sale….

    Virgin pilots on strike 23rd Dec, not as disruptive as BA though…

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/dec/16/virgin-atlantic-pilots-industrial-action-ppu-union

  • Clive says:

    BA Tweet this morning is pretty strong:

    This calculated and heartless industrial action by Unite is completely unnecessary. We are determined that it will fail. [21:22 16 Dec 2016]

  • Mark says:

    First VS, then BA announce strikes. Emirates etc the beneficiary, strikers the losers when routes and jobs get cut.

  • Roger says:

    This is announced under special promotions page of BA APP!

    Check and have a laugh.
    Travelling from LGW on Christmas evening but hopefully service will be unaffected.

  • Viva la revolución says:

    Their strength and sacrifice is to be admired and I hope it sends a message to employers everywhere that working with your workforce is the only way to secure productive change.

  • Rich says:

    Does anyone have any idea where you can get a list of which long haul routes are now mixed fleet? I’m flying to Vancouver in January and want to know if it’s MF…. just in case this issue doesn’t get resolved quickly.

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