Pilot strike affects British Airways flights to and from Barbados

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 11, 2019

British Airways flights will continue to be disrupted on Wednesday, despite the end of a 48-hour strike by pilots in a dispute over pay.

It's now day two of cancelled British Airways flights to and from Barbados.

The 2.55pm flight from Gatwick has been cancelled on both days, as well as the return flights scheduled for 8.10pm.

Nearly half BA's fleet of more than 300 planes, together with 700-plus pilots, began Wednesday out of position, BA said, while in excess of 4,000 cabin crew have had their rosters disrupted and some won't be able to fly due to legal rest requirements.

In addition, more than 4,000 cabin crew faced disruption to rosters, meaning some will need to take time off for legal rest requirements.

"Every single flight movement also has to factor in detailed planning, including engineering checks, maintenance, catering, fuelling, baggage loading, cargo and cleaning".

A BA spokesman said: "We are very sorry for the disruption Balpa's industrial action has caused our customers".

BA said it would take some time to get back to a completely normal flight schedule, because of the nature of its complex global operation.

She added that British Airways had offered all affected customers refunds or the option to rebook to another travel date.

The two sides remain deadlocked in their dispute over pay following the strike, with the British Airline Pilots' Association saying BA must return to the negotiating table with "meaningful proposals" to avert the next scheduled walkout on Sept 27, or face the likelihood of further protests.

Balpa said that the strikes had been a "powerful demonstration of the strength of feeling of BA pilots". The union wants a pay deal to include profit sharing for BA pilots.

But it says that now BA's financial performance has improved - its parent company IAG reported a 9% rise in profits previous year - they should see a greater share of the profits.

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