British Airways Cancels 50 Flights Ahead of Strike

By Paul Riegler on 8 January 2017
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A BA 767 taking off from Newark

A BA 767 taking off from Newark

Over 2,500 British Airways flight attendants are planning to walk off the job on January 10 and 11 in a dispute over pay, although the airline says that the strike will not have a significant impact on operations.

The airline said it will cancel up to 48 flights from London Heathrow although travelers will be able to reach their destinations despite the walkout.

All flights to and from London Gatwick and London City airports will operate as usual, the airline said.

“All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations on Tuesday 10 January and Wednesday 11 January despite proposed industrial action by Unite,“ the airline said in a statement. “As part of our contingency plan, we will be merging a very small number of flights to and from Heathrow.”

Unite, the union representing the flight attendants, said the planned strike is due to a dispute over what it calls “poverty pay,” citing a recent survey that showed that half of its newer members had to take on a second job to make ends meet.

“We urge Unite to abandon its strike plans which are serving only to cause anxiety among our mixed fleet cabin crew colleagues who do a tremendous job for our customers,” the airline said in a statement.

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