Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

British Airways Cancels Nearly All Flights

British Airways Cancels Nearly All Flights

British Airways was forced to cancel almost all of its flights Monday and Tuesday due to a 48-hour pilots' strike over pay.

A landmark strike by British Airways pilots entered its second day on Tuesday with more travel chaos - and no end in sight to the long-running dispute over pay. BA has offered a pay rise of 11.5% over three years but the Balpa pilots' union says its members want a bigger share of the company's profits, adding that BA management's "dumbing down" of the brand had eroded confidence in the airline.

British Airways has began a two-day strike, grounding almost all of its flights and disrupting thousands of passengers in a dispute over pay.

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) last month gave the airline notice that there would be three days of industrial action this month, in the first-ever strike by BA pilots.

Pilots would also like a better profit share-scheme that other major airlines offer, as well as a company share-scheme that most major United Kingdom companies offer to employees.

British Airways has advised that if a flight is cancelled that passengers should not go to the airport.

BA Cityflyer flights are not affected by the dispute.

A fleet of British Airways planes at an airport.

The strikes were voted for by 93 per cent of BALPA BA members. Jet Airways temporarily ceased operations on April 17 thereby creating a demand-supply mismatch which will get worse by BA's pilot strike. "Now BA is making billions of pounds (dollars) of profit, its pilots have made a fair, reasonable and affordable claim for pay and benefits".

The strike has the potential to affect 1,45,000 passengers that it carries daily, says the airline's website.

Rastogi said due to the advance intimation of the strike, his company has offered alternate options to its customers to minimise their inconvenience.

"British Airways needs to wake up and realize its pilots are determined to be heard", said Brian Strutton, general secretary of the pilots union, in a statement. British Airways says it has had to cancel nearly all flights as a result of pilots' 48-hour strike over pay.

"I think British Airways took the decision some weeks ago that they would close down the airline operation and it's up to them to do things that way".

Passengers who think their flight will be impacted by the strike today or tomorrow can also access the "Manage My Booking" page to check their flight status.

"We are very sorry for all the disruption that's been caused by the industrial action", he told the BBC. The pilots union put the cost of settling the strike at 5 million pounds, "one eighth of the cost of just one day's strike action", it said in the statement.

The knock-on effect of the pilots' walkout will likely last well into the week, too, while another strike day is planned for 27 September.

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