BA walkout hits Heathrow flights
Flights in and out of Heathrow have been hit by the latest strike by BA staff.
Airport news for Heathrow,Flights on 31/05/2010.
Cabin crew at British Airways resumed their series of strikes on Monday after negotiations between the airline and the Unite union broke down. The industrial action has left the airline with a severe shortfall in the numbers of international and domestic flights it can support through its Heathrow hub.
British Airways insists it has contingency plans in place to support a majority of scheduled services. During the last walkout, the carrier managed to carry 60 per cent of long-haul passengers through Heathrow and half of ticket holders on short-haul routes. This time, the airline has managed to fulfil 70 per cent of long-haul flights and 55 per cent of European services.
The disruptions come at a terrible time for British holiday makers. The weekend’s Bank holiday has millions of people travelling. The latest round of travel headaches follows months of travel disaster, with earlier strikes at BA in March, and Europe-wide aviation chaos in April caused by ash from the Icelandic volcano.
Though BA and Unite eventually resolved the original problem that led to the March walkouts, cabin crew are now demanding the airline restore travel privileges withdrawn from those who took part in the earlier industrial action. Unless that key demand is met, union members say they’ll continue the strikes. The latest walkout ends 3 June and is followed by another five-day walkout starting 5 June.
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