canceled almost all of its flights globally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday because of a strike action by the airline’s pilots over pay.
The carrier said the move, which was flagged last month after a breakdown in lengthy negotiations between management and pilots, would result in more than 1,700 flight cancellations, affecting 195,000 customers.
The union representing BA’s pilots, the British Airline Pilots’ Association, or Balpa, confirmed Sunday that its members would take action this week to send “a clear message to the company’s managers.” It also plans a day of strike action on Sept. 27 and has said more could be announced.
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—said it was “extremely sorry” for the disruption but that it had no choice but to cancel nearly all of its flights because Balpa hadn’t said which pilots would strike.
Pilots earlier this year rejected an 11.5% pay raise over three years and accused the company of refusing to consider alternative proposals or get back together for further constructive talks.
BA has defended the pay offer and said it remains ready and willing to return to talks with the union.
To head off disruption from the strikes, BA said it contacted customers last month to offer them alternative travel options or refunds. Still, the move is likely to be costly for the airline, with Balpa claiming the strike action would cost BA around £40 million ($49 million) a day. BA didn’t immediately comment on the cost of the strikes.
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