Unite, the union which represents British Airways “Mixed Fleet” cabin crew at London Heathrow, has called for further industrial action over sixteen consecutive days from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July 2017.
This is continuation of a dispute that led to a call for industrial action today (Friday 16 June) which was suspended to allow for talks at the conciliation service ACAS. Talks are likely to continue between now and July.
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 full list of cancelled flights as it evidently keen to play down the impact of the industrial action.
- If your flight is cancelled you will 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.
At present, BA is not allowing any proactive rebooking to flights outside of the strike action and any changes or cancellations to existing bookings will be made in accordance with the fare rules at the time of booking.
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.
Are there any indications of routes most at risk of cancellation?
BA has three cabin crew fleets at London Heathrow. These are known internally as EuroFleet, Worldwide and Mixed Fleet. Each fleet operates designated routes. Only routes operated at Mixed Fleet are at risk of cancellation.
During the last strikes by Mixed Fleet earlier this year, these routes experienced cancellations:
Short-Haul: Aberdeen, Dusseldorf, Gibraltar, Hamburg, Manchester, Marseille, Oslo, Stuttgart
Long-Haul: Doha, San Jose
There is no guarantee that routes not mentioned above are not at risk of cancellation, nor that the above routes are at risk of cancellation this time. However, in the absence of any published contingency plans, it is the best we can give.
Update 21 June: BA operated flights between London Heathrow and Doha have been cancelled. BA123 has been cancelled from 1 July to 6 July. BA122 has been cancelled from 2 July to 7 July. Affected passengers will be rebooked onto Qatar Airways.