Two-day strike starts tomorrow
British Airways passengers have been told to avoid airports as the clock finally counts down towards the start of a two-day pilot strike.
Members of the British Airline Pilots Association will begin their walkout at midnight tonight over a long-running pay dispute, and most departures from UK airports scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday have been cancelled.
The BALPA union and the airline had both said they were willing to resume talks to end the stand-off, but – despite the respective offers and intervention from Downing Street – the strikes are going ahead as planned.
In an update posted on its website this morning, BA said its customer teams were “working tirelessly” to provide alternative options for affected travellers – including organising refunds and rearranging flight dates.
Not only are those who are due to fly on Monday and Tuesday being advised not to go to the airport, but there may also be knock-on disruption for people with journeys planned for today and Wednesday, as planes and crew will be out of position.