The UK’s flagship carrier has been forced to cancel almost all of the 1,600 flights it was due to operate, meaning that travellers have been forced to rebook alternative flights or request a refund.
Despite the strikes being on the 9th and 10th September, the knock on effect means that some customers flying between the 8th and 12th, have been told their flights have been cancelled - and to rebook or get a refund.
British Airways has slammed the strikes as “reckless,” “unacceptable” and “unjustifiable,” saying action will “destroy” the travel plans of “tens of thousands” of BA customers.
In a statement, British Airways said: “If you have a flight booked with us on those dates, it is likely that you will not be able to travel as planned due to BALPA’s strike action.”
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has argued that BA rejected “a number of packages” the union put forward which could have allegedly resolved the dispute without a strike. BALPA said the strike will cost BA £40 million a day, claiming the dispute could be settled for £5 million.
Meanwhile, British Airways argue that they "proposed an offer of 11.5 per cent over three years to BALPA, a deal already accepted by members of the Unite and GMB unions, which represent 90 per cent of British Airways’ staff, a deal which we believe is fair." They added that "We continue to be available for constructive talks with BALPA, on the basis that there are no pre-conditions to those talks."
British Airways appealed to passengers: “If your flight is cancelled, please do not go to the airport.”