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Update 6/10/17 11:10am: British Airways announced that its cabin crew union has called off this strike. All flights will operate normally.
We’ve got some important news for anyone planning to fly with British Airways this month: cabin crews are set to strike from Friday, June 16, until Tuesday, June 20. The announcement comes just days after the four-day long disruption British Airways suffered due to a ‘power outage’ that affected at least 75,000 passengers worldwide — it’s still ongoing, and thousands of passengers are still without their luggage.
It’s expected that ‘Mixed Fleet’ cabin crew will be the ones to strike since they’re on a type of contract that means they’re typically paid less than the legacy BA ‘worldwide’ fleet crew. In terms of destinations, ‘Mixed Fleet’ crew operate long-haul routes too, meaning affected flights would include those to Las Vegas (LAS), Miami (MIA), Cape Town (CPT), Bangkok (BKK), Singapore (SIN) and Sydney (SYD). If you’ll be flying short-haul with British Airways over these dates, note that disruptions could occur on routes to Helsinki (HEL), Lisbon (LIS) Paris Orly (ORY), Vienna (VIE) and Warsaw (WAW).
In March, BA crew held a strike that lasted almost a week in addition to the 26 strike days that took place previous to the March walkout. Despite the ongoing disruptions, the carrier did recently acknowledge the strike:
So, What Happens If You’re Booked to Fly Over the Strike Period?
First of all, we’ve got to wait for the airline’s official statement, which should include details about how the carrier plans to handle the strike. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, therefore British Airways does have a ‘go to’ plan for strikes in place.
If you’d rather guarantee you won’t be affected by the strike by making a change to your booking, keep in mind that British Airways is a member of the Oneworld alliance, meaning it has 14 other partner airlines including Iberia, Finnair and American Airlines to choose from. Often, on popular routes such as New York (JFK) to London (LHR) or Madrid (MAD) to London (LHR), partner airlines fly just as frequently as British Airways, so depending on your ticket flexibility, you can switch to one that’s flying the same route just to be safe.
Once BA addresses how it will handle the strike, changes (such as the one mentioned above) are typically allowed to be done for free, but we’ll have to see exactly what British Airways has to say on that one.
Another thing to consider is that during strike periods, destinations with a lot of frequency — London to Paris, for example — tend to see a dramatic reduction of flights, so you should keep an eye on any emails from the airline in case the time of your departure ends up changing as a result of the strike.
British Airways is still trying to deal with the thousands of passengers affected by its power failure a few days ago, and now with a strike planned for later this month, it doesn’t look like disruptions at the airline are set to end just yet.
Featured image courtesy of British Airways.
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