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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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  • Shoestring says:

    I’ve heard people getting about £100 refunded readily when they can prove they didn’t have access to a change of clothes & other essentials. But if you spent the night at home, they (BA) wouldn’t be very sympathetic

  • deepak gupta says:

    I have an BA 2:1 flight booked LHR to Shanghai on 11/9. I have subsequent flights to Tai Pei to attend a meeting- these were booked through Amex. I have already spent £175 x 2 on China Visas. In case of a strike what happens to the non BA expenses.

    • Neil says:

      Claim on your travel insurance. BA would only pay out for food, drink and hotel.

  • Neil says:

    With the avios changes last month, It only cost 50p to cancel a Ex LHR avios booking to Berlin. I’ve made a second booking LCY to Berlin for the same date, so thanks for the heads up before flight prices go sky high IF the above comes to fruition.

  • Andrew says:

    Maybe by coincidence, but I’ve just received an email from BA moving me from my pre-booked exit row seat on a flight on 15th Sept. A quick look on seats alerts shows they have now extended club to row 12 (exit row, hence my moved seat). Possibly condensing passengers on to one flight and cancelling one at a different time?

    • xcalx says:

      Or maybe it’s just a very busy flight. We had CE 1A and 14C ( Ryanair style, well done BA) for a flight in May. Managed to swap 1A for 14A CE ended at 15, no food choice from row 11.

  • Sebastian says:

    I presume Iberia flights, even under BA codeshare, are unaffected? I’m not sure whether BA / Iberia ‘share’ pilots in a way that may mean the strike affects Iberia also.

    • Ben C says:

      I believe all of IAG’s operating companies are run independently, so Iberia pilots wouldn’t be a part of this dispute, as they would be on different terms and conditions.

  • Waddle says:

    I have LHR-DXB on 27 Sept booked in CW. Fingers crossed it’s not a strike date. What usually happens to people like me in these situations?

  • Roger Jones says:

    They cynic in me might suggest that it would be a shrewd move if one were to hold status and perhaps be unlikely to quality for same in the next year to purchase a fully flexible ticket during this period, then cancel it strike or not as in previous major disruption – iceland, IT etc. they have subsequently extended status periods by a year.

  • Rajesh says:

    Looks like refundable tickets to Prague have also been removed on 26th September

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