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British Airways strike dates known? The pilot strike may be on – flights pulled from sale in September

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With many thanks to Flyertalk posters who have been digging around on this evening.

It is possible that British Airways has been given strike dates by the pilots union BALPA this evening.

Non-refundable tickets for flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick – plus BA1 to New York from London City – seem to have been removed from sale on the following dates:

Wednesday 11th September to Monday 16th September

Thursday 26th September to Saturday 28th September

British Airways strike dates

IF this is due to a strike – and for clarity we don’t know this – it is potentially not for all the dates listed.  There may be some contingency at the end to allow planes to reposition and to allow passengers to travel whose flights have been cancelled on earlier days.

As a reminder, flights from London City – except for New York – will operate as normal whatever happens.

More to come, potentially on Friday morning.

For 100% clarity though, we do NOT know for certain that the removal of tickets for sale is due to a pilot strike.

The Flyertalk discussion about the mysterious removal of tickets is here.

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Comments (48)

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  • meta says:

    16th September is a Monday.

  • Lewis B says:

    I have a F class avios booking to Chicago on Sept 26th, happy to fly a day earlier to avoid the strike. Assuming this would be at my own cost?

    • LewisB says:

      There’s at least 4 F seats on BA297 to ORD on the 25th according to Expert flyer. Still an A380. 1 seat in Row 1 blocked. Even though I’m on an award ticket if a strike is called are we allowed to call and request to fly the day before?

  • Alex says:

    I have LHR-CFU on the 26th booked so I really hope this isn’t strike dates! Not exactly like they have a big presence or a number of flights going that way each day 😰

  • Richard says:

    Wow, revenue flights look very expensive for the 12th September when we have CW redemption to SCL booked. £2k each in economy and CW sold out. Might just be coincidence I guess and we just happen to be on a busy flight.

    • Rob says:

      No. Flexible tickets remain on sale because they ARE flexible. Your £2k ticket is valid on other carriers too. Only non-flexible tickets are pulled.

  • ChrisC says:

    I checked on the BA app and my flights to NYC on one of the dates mentioned is still on sale though for a spectacular amount of money.

    I did read a post on that FT thread earlier Thursday afternoon that basically said because of that change in pricing that they must be the strike dates but that seemed to be someone adding 2 plus 2 and making 747 and a very long standing poster who does know some very senior people at BA basically po poed that notion.

    Others posited it was due to BA adjustments to fares for a bank holiday weekend sale which is also a plausible explanation.

    To be quite honest I’m getting fed up of the speculation and supposition and down right guesses on dates and the blind panic it has sent some people into. The FT thread you linked to shows to its credit the wise heads of experience and knowledge of some compared to the blind stupidity of others where one poorly informed post has sent them into meltdown.

    • 80schickx says:

      I fly to LGW-LAS on 27/9 and there is no longer any economy or premium economy on sale.
      Like you say, it could be due to impending strike action, flights in the days prior to this may be strike affected so using my flight to rearrange affected passengers or a bank holiday sale!

      I used to work at Avios and sometimes the redemption flights would be made unavailable for re-pricing due to sales. Like you say, we can speculate until the cows come home. Hope everyone gets to fly on their chosen dates. We’ll see….

  • Boris says:

    Looks like the flight costs are more far reaching than suggested. Appears flights around November 1st have shot up. Looked for a LAS-LHR return which has nearly tripled in price

  • Clare Cheney says:

    Your article says BA tickets not available for sale ON the dates listed. Do you mean FOR the dates listed. The first statement does not make sense because it would mean you could not make a booking for any future flights at all for flights on any dates. Why would they do that unless booking staff will be on strike or IT work being done?

    • Andrew says:

      Seeing as you’re a pedant – you’ll notice Rob uses the past tense to describe the flights’ removal from sale – therefore they have already been removed and not to be removed (future tense) on the dates he outlines – where you are trying to suggest confusion is. I think it’s pretty obvious what he is trying to say!

      • Clare says:

        I wasn’t being pedantic, We’re flying for my special birthday, booked over a year ago and I wanted confidence that strikes would not mess it up. No need to be so rude. It is something that matters very much to us because I am not a well person.

        • Andrew says:

          Sorry for any offence caused. But yes, Rob is saying that the rumours are that the dates outlined in his article are going to be strike dates by the pilots. But it’s important to note that these are only unconfirmed rumours and until the pilots announce the strike we don’t know for sure. And even then, they might get called off at the last minute. I hope the strikes don’t affect your travel plans.

        • SimonW says:

          How did you book flights “over a year ago” ?… Surely more than a year in advance is not possible when BA only sell tickets 355 days in advance ??

        • Mikeact says:

          The comment was hardly rude….just spelling it out. To be frank it doesn’t help, when you say you purchased your ticket over a year ago…..I for one would be interested to know how you managed to do that, as it could help me get a couple of tickets to Aus ? Thanks.

  • Andrew says:

    If you have an Amex platinum card and the flight was booked on an Amex issued Amex card you can claim £250 to spend on clothes if your case is delayed overnight. Just charge the stuff to your Amex card.

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