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British Airways announces strike schedule


British Airways has cancelled more than 1,000 flights during the first wave of strike action by cabin crew, which will take place in two bursts from March 20 to March 22 and from March 27 to March 30.

Up to 30,000 passengers will be affected by the cancellations and, to find out if you are one of them, you will need to check the British Airways' website. You can key in your flight number to find out if your flight is operating.

Short-haul flights out of London Heathrow will be the worst affected by the strikes. Domestic flights have been cancelled and fewer than one in three flights scheduled will operate.

British Airways' passengers who are affected will be able to rebook their flights or claim a refund. The airline is taking bookings for flights that are operating during the strike, but most services are full as passengers on cancelled services have been rebooked on alternative flights.

Of the 1,950 flights scheduled during the first three-day strike, only 850 will operate. British Airways insists its long-haul flights out of London Gatwick will be unaffected but half its short-haul flights from Gatwick have been dropped, half of its flights from Heathrow to New York's JFK airport have been cancelled, and some flights to Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Nigeria will not operate.

Flights from London City, including those to New York, should operate normally, according to British Airways.

Passengers whose flights continue to operate should prepare themselves for delays at the airport. British Airways says it will provide vouchers or refunds for the cost of meals and accommodation, but it will not pay compensation.

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