It never rains, but it pours!
Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has decided to round off BA’s worst week in nearly ten years by announcing industrial action over four consecutive days from Friday 16 June to Monday 19 June 2017.
This is continuation of a dispute that led to well in excess of 20 days of industrial action over February and March, albeit with very limited impact to BA’s schedules.
BA has yet to its confirm its schedules during the strike. However, it does say that all customers will be able to reach their destinations during the strike, suggesting that short-haul routes with multiple flights a day are most at risk of cancellations
What can be confirmed now is:
- All flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted will operate as normal.
- All flights from UK regional airports (apart from flights to London Heathrow) will operate as normal
- The majority of flights from London Heathrow will operate as normal with some flights merged and short-haul flights most at risk of cancellation. There may also be some tactical long-haul cancellations
- BA will not publish a list of cancelled flights as it evidently keen to play down the impact of the industrial action.
- If your flight is cancelled you wile offered the opportunity to rebook to an alternative flight or a refund
The impact of the strike is likely to be low. The best advice is to check your booking using the Manage My Booking tool and ensure your e-mail and telephone contact details are up to date. In addition, it is a good idea to download the BA app to your smartphone to receive notifications about your flight.
In terms of the risk of further industrial action, the union is required to give 14 days’ notice to BA. So if there are no announcements two weeks before your flight you can assume it is not a risk of strike action.
Update: As of Friday 9 June, BA does not appear to have updated its scheduled to take account of the planned industrial action.
Update 10 June: The strike has been suspended and all flights are scheduled to operate as normal.
Update 16 June: A further 16 days’ industrial action has been called for Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July