The British Airways strike planned for 9/27 has been called off

Sep 18, 2019

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British Airways has just averted the risk of another day of chaos comparable to the debacle earlier this month, when a two-day strike by its pilots grounded every single one of its airplanes all over the world.

The planned strike by British Airways pilots on 27 September has just been called off by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). However, the airline has already cancelled numerous flights planned on that date in preparation for the strike, and it is unclear whether any or all of those flights will be reinstated.

The union said that the recent two-day strike on 9 and 10 September was enough. That strike had been called in response to the airline’s position during ongoing negotiations for the pilots’ contract.

“Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA, the pilots have decided to take the responsible action,” a statement from BALPA General Secretary Brian Sutton said. According to the pilots’ union, “It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand.”

We reached out to British Airways to find out what would would happen to passengers who have either cancelled their flights completely or made different arrangements with the airline following the original strike announcement. A spokesperson from the airline commented: “We have just received this news. We are considering the implications and we will give updates in due course.” We will continue to keep you updated as soon as we receive any updates from BA.

If you were booked on a flight on September 27 that was cancelled, chances are you have already heard from the airline about it. You may also be aware of EU261, the European Union rule granting passengers the right to a hefty compensation for delayed or cancelled flights. The catch here is that because British Airways canceled the flights more than 14 days in advance of the date of the flight, EU261 compensation is not payable.

If you paid for your ticket with a credit card that offers travel protection, you may be entitled to compensation. For example, the trip cancellation/interruption insurance with the Chase Sapphire Reserve has you covered if your carrier cancels or changes your flight as a result of an organized strike affecting public transportation.

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