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Bits: BA cancelling strike flights from 1 July, Gatwick Express cancelling trains from Thursday

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News in brief:

British Airways cancelling flights pre-strike

British Airways seems more worried about the upcoming 16-day strike by Mixed Fleet crew members than it was for previous strikes.  Perhaps it is the higher summer passenger loads, which make it harder to consolidate two flights into one.

As I wrote recently, BA is planning to lease nine fully-crewed Qatar Airways short-haul aircraft for two months.  This would cover the strike and give BA some extra flexibility over the summer.

No long-haul flights have been cancelled in previous strikes.  This is NOT the case this time.

The following services have already been cancelled:

1 July – BA079 (Muscat)
2 July – BA080 (Muscat) & BA083 (Abuja)
3 July – BA082 (Abuja) & BA125 (Bahrain)
4 July – BA124 (Bahrain) & BA109 (Dubai) & BA173 (NYC) & BA112 (NYC)
5 July – BA108 (Dubai) & BA133 (Jeddah) & BA075 (Lagos) & BA074 (Lagos)
6 July – BA132 (Jeddah) & BA67 (Phil’) & BA66 (Phil’) & BA083 (Abuja)
7 July – BA083 (Abuja)

More will presumably follow for the latter half of the strike.

British Airways is generally slow at telling people their flights have been cancelled.  The best thing to do is download the free MyFlights app to your phone (iOS only) (I reviewed MyFlights here).  MyFlights checks the Amadeus booking system on a regular basis and notifies you if there are any changes to your flights, well before BA will tell you.  This allows you to beat the rush to rebook.

As for other flights, BA is saying “we are still reviewing our shorthaul services.”

Remember that only Heathrow services will be impacted.  You have no chance of disruption if you are flying from another airport.

Gatwick Express new trains

Gatwick Express cancellations resume tomorrow

Drivers on Southern Railway and Gatwick Express are resuming their overtime ban tomorrow, Thursday.

This is an open-ended overtime ban which will lead to considerable disruption for the forseable future.

The RMT union has also called a one day strike for 10th July.

Details of the revised and much reduced Southern and Gatwick Express timetable from tomorrow are here.

If you are travelling to Gatwick, take a Thameslink service from Blackfriars or another Thameslink station which will be unaffected.

Comments (112)

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  • IslandDweller says:

    The thameslink branded services are now using the brand new 12 carriage trains. These are huge people movers. These trains have automatic weight sensors which show on a display in each carriage where the train is heavily loaded and where it is lightly loaded. It’s a fully ‘walk through’ design so you can easily move from carriage to carriage.

    • BlueThroughCrimp says:

      And they’re not working very well, much like the SWT 707s that still are having issues.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Loathe them. There are far fewer seats on the new Class 700 trains and they are hard as park benches.

  • IslandDweller says:

    Sack the striking train crew? Good luck with that. GoVia (who operate all trains in this route, whatever brand name is used) has consistently failed to recruit / train enough crew. They rely on overtime for normal operation.
    You have a complete failure of industrial relations between train crew and useless management – with the dept of transport pouring petrol on the fire – there’s a lot of fault on every side.

    • the_real_a says:

      I think i missed my calling. Id drive a train for £65k a year

      • Rob says:

        You don’t need to drive a train. Be a tube ‘driver’ and you just sit there (on half the lines) giving confidence to passengers. Trains are automatic.

  • Andy says:

    There is a very limited Thameslink service from London Bridge due to the ongoing upgrade work.

    All Thameslink services serve St Pancras, Faringdon, City Thameslink and Blackfriars.

    • Michael Jennings says:

      I had to get to Gatwick (on a Friday evening) during a Southern strike a few months ago. I would normally get a train from Waterloo to Clapham Junction and a Southern train to Gatwick from there, but as the Southern trains were not operating I got the tube to London Bridge and got a Thameslink service from there instead. Everything went completely fine, the train operated as scheduled, and there was enough room on the train for me to find a seat without any difficulty.

      However, frequencies were not very high, so I’d recommend checking the operating timetable at qjump.co.uk or any other site on the internet that offers live timetables, or giving yourself plenty of time.

  • Andy says:

    As part of the management contract that GTR (Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink, Great Northern) with the DfT, there is a requirement to introduce Driver Only Operation.

    This has been decided by the DfT and not GTR. If this was a commercial decision for GTR to make themselves they would have scrapped the idea along time ago.

    GTR is not a franchise, its a management contract with the DfT. All fare revenue goes to the DfT and GTR gets paid a set premium.

  • Pid says:

    OT – After the recent reviews on here on the Intercontinental Hong Kong I booked a Deluxe Harbour Room view for an Ambassador stay in August.  Was expecting an upgrade to a Deluxe Jnr Suite Harbour View, however, the booking has changed to a Superior Jnr Suite Pool View.  Any comments on what these rooms are like?

    I made the booking as the Harbour View was recommended so is it worth it if there is no view?  I note comments were made on the construction work by the pool so does anyone know if these rooms will be affected by it?  Is the upgrade worth it if there is no view or would it be better to request to revert to the booked room.  Alternatively is the IC Grand Stanford a better option, especially as for less money I could get a similar room that includes club access?

    1st world problems!

    • Aliks says:

      The harbour view is pretty spectacular, especially at night, although there are several bars and hotels that have rooftop views across the bay.

      The pool is pretty small and not worth viewing (in my view) and it sits between the Intercontinental and the enormous development next door so you will really be looking at a building site.
      I stayed there with a “pool” view about 18 months ago, so things may be better now, but check the google satellite pictures to get an impression of the location.

    • Rob says:

      Pool view would be a side room facing the building site. Don’t worry – if you booked harbour, you will get it, just complain at check in.

  • @mkcol says:

    Has it been confirmed that the CAA have approved BA’s leasing of QR’s aircraft yet or not? I can’t find an outcome.

  • Mark says:

    Surely Southerrn can hire more drivers, negating the need for overtime as part of normal operation.

  • Kathy H says:

    Wish My Flights app was available for Android – check my trip isn’t half as good.

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