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British Airways is currently operating under strike conditions as members of its mixed fleet cabin crew take industrial action against the airline. British Airways has been taking measures to ensure that as few travelers as possible are impacted (the airline has even wet-leased 7 Qatar Airways Airbus A320s to help out) but now it’s facing the threat of more industrial action than expected.
The current mixed fleet strike was set to take place between 1 and 16 July (inclusive) but now it would seem that a second strike looks likely.
Here’s what message British Airways has been sending out to travel agents:
All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite a further 14 days of threatened industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite, which represents one of our five cabin crew fleets.
Mixed Fleet Unite has said it will take industrial action between Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 1 August (inclusive).
We recognise the uncertainty that Mixed Fleet Unite’s threat is causing and would like to reassure customers that the vast majority of our services will be unaffected.
We can already confirm the following details:
All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted will operate as normal as will our weekend only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.
The vast majority of flights to and from London Heathrow will continue to operate as normal.
Please advise customers to ensure that their email and phone details are up to date by using ba.com Manage My Booking so that we can continue providing updates on their flight.
Clearly whatever talks are going on are going pretty badly but, on the positive side of things, perhaps this will mean that the 7 Qatar Airways A320 that are currently outshining anything BA can offer will hang around for a little longer 🙂