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British Airways pilots strike – what you need to know for Monday, Tuesday and 27th September

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Pilot unit BALPA is staging a number of strikes throughout September.  BALPA represents about 90% of British Airways pilots.

The strike dates are Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th and Friday 27th September.

You can find the latest information on this special strike page of ba.com.

Note that flights from London City Airport are not impacted, except for the New York service which is operated by Gatwick flight crew.

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Monday 9th / Tuesday 10th – what is cancelled?

Everything, basically.

Only ONE British Airways flight was operating from Terminal 5 on Monday 9th September.  This was a Tokyo service and was retained due to the Rugby World Cup.  The only other flights operating were to Cairo (operated by Air Belgium at the moment due to a shortage of BA aircraft) and the Iberia flights to Madrid.

From Gatwick, the only flight was a New York JFK service which is currently operated by Evelop Airlines on behalf of BA, again due to a shortage of BA aircraft.

All passengers were contacted over two weeks in advance of travel.  Despite some initial hiccups (which forced The Civil Aviation Authority to publish this statement) British Airways was eventually very proactive in moving passengers to other airlines with over 50 carriers involved.

What about Wednesday 11th?

A normal schedule will operate, although some services are likely to be cancelled due to planes and staff being in the wrong place.  There is no space at Heathrow to store the entire British Airways fleet, and so aircraft have had to be parked at other airports across the world.

What about Friday 27th?

Cancellations have not yet been done for the strike on 27th September.

The cut-off date for British Airways is 13th September, which is the last date they can cancel your flight without offering compensation on top of a reroute.  Note that some flights on 28th and potentially also 26th will also be cancelled for operational reasons.

What can I claim if I am stranded abroad?

For people stranded abroad, British Airways has confirmed that the standard £200 per night per room hotel allowance will be available.  This can be exceeded but only if you have strong evidence that no rooms are available for that price.  You cannot remain in a £500 beach resort and reclaim that if there is an airport hotel available for under £200.

Other subsistence costs (food, taxis etc) can also be claimed.

You are not technically liable for additional costs incurred in the UK before or after travel due to date changes, but it is worth submitting receipts to BA anyway.

Will I receive Avios and tier points for cancelled flights?

Yes.  If you accepted a refund or were moved to a non-oneworld airline, you can ask BA to credit you with the Avios and tier points you would otherwise have earned.

Don’t forget to sign up to earn points from the airline you were moved to, if it is not a BA partner!  Nothing stops you earning twice.

Could the strikes be called off?

BALPA has offered to reopen talks with British Airways, but the airline has stated that no new offer is available.  The airline appears to have decided to push on with strikes rather than accept the pilot demands for profit sharing.

Can more strikes be called?

Yes, but 14 days notice must be given.  Your trip is safe once you are inside the 14 day period.

(And, to be honest, a lot of people have been getting some good results in terms of alternative carriers!  Being moved from British Airways onto Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines etc etc – if you are travelling in Business Class – would be a good result.)

BALPA’s strike ballot, held earlier this summer, is valid until January.  This allows BALPA to continue calling strikes throughout the Autumn without requiring a further member vote.

For the latest information, check out ba.com here.


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Comments (419)

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  • Scallder says:

    My flight to NYC on the 9th has already been removed from manage my booking. Booked through work so annoyingly all comms will have gone through them – not ideal for a bank holiday weekend…

  • Charlotte says:

    Booked LHR-HND with Companion Ticket on 27 September for the Rugby World Cup. Have a flight back in October but under a separate reservation and after spending £50 on hold to BA decided it wasn’t worth combining the tickets – guess, I regret that now. If they cancel the flight out, what happens to the Companion Ticket, the points and our ability to fly on that route for a reasonable price?

    • Chabuddy geezy says:

      They will rebook you onto another plane you dont need to worry about avios availability.

  • James says:

    Inbound flights from Philly to LHR on 9th still not been cancelled

  • Taylor says:

    Flying to Seattle on the 6th in F redemption-is there possibility rebooked. Is there possibility I will get bumped down to accommodate re-booked paying passengers

  • Phil Huff says:

    They’ve just pissed off a huge number of motoring journalists – flights to Frankfurt for the biggest motor show off the year have been cancelled!

    Fortunately I’m driving there – cars won’t test themselves! – but a huge number of corsairs are now desperately trying to make alternative arrangements.

    • Niklas Smith says:

      A tip to your colleagues heading to Frankfurt is to take the train – Eurostar to Brussels then German high-speed train Brussels-Frankfurt. (Or Eurostar to Paris then high-speed train Paris-Frankfurt would also work, but takes a bit longer: about 7 and a half hours total rather than less than 5 and a half via Brussels.)

      Good information is available here for both routes: https://www.seat61.com/Germany.htm (scroll down and click on ”London to Frankfurt”)

      My pro tip if ordinary tickets prove expensive is to compare the cost of using an Interrail pass. If going via Brussels the only compulsory extra charge is 30 euro seat reservation on Eurostar, though I would recommend the optional 4.50 euro seat reservation on the German train as well.

      • Phil Huff says:

        Thank you for the help.

        It looks like there’s going to be some clubbing together to charter a flight out there, which will clearly silver the problem very easily. I’m sure FRA has plenty of slots that day!

  • George K says:

    I’m due to fly back to LGW on the 9th, and my flight is not cancelled – yet. I understand that they have started the cancellations already, but I suspect this may be a lengthy process for the next few days. My question is, am I OK to book a FLEXIBLE extra hotel night right now, with BA’s £200 mark in mind, to cover the possibility of having to spend an extra day at our destination? If so, I think that’s the most prudent move, as I can cancel anytime up until the day before, at which point I’ll have already been hopefully informed of whether my flight on the 9th is going ahead or not.

    Does BA reimburse pre-booked, and flexible, rates over the date of the disruption? If so, I’ll book an extra night somewhere and wait it out.

    I’d risk it and do nothing, but travelling with wife and baby, so want to make sure all the bases are covered.

    Any other advice welcome!

    • Shoestring says:

      sure, they are not going to be worried that you made a pre-emptive booking ahead of time, they will understand people doing that – does the flexible rate still equate to about £200? if it’s wildly more, you may not get it fully refunded in the event you get duty of care hotel expenses – however, I take the £200 per person based on 2 sharing with a large pinch of salt, it’s historically been £200 per person over on the FT compo thread, plus there are several instances where people simply couldn’t find a decent hotel for £200, took a few screenshots as evidence and had no problem getting refunded more than £200

      sounds like you’re not risking any money with the cancellation policy – but you know quite a few (particularly LH) flights will still end up flying?

  • Steve says:

    Gutted. I cancelled My USA east coast to Far East in flexable J the other day. Netted £80 profit in currency movement but it could have been a great Avios and Tier point haul for a cancelled flight.

  • Vas says:

    What are the chances of flights on the 8th also being affected?

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