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British Airways passengers face more strikes after Easter

29/03/2010

Striking British Airways cabin crew are threatening further walk-outs after the Easter holidays unless they can strike a deal with the airline over the pay-cuts and changes to working conditions that have led to six days of industrial action so far.

Cabin crew will return to work on Wednesday following the latest strike, which started at midnight on Friday, but their union Unite says they will walk out again after April 14 if it can't reach an agreement with British Airways, leading to further disruption for thousands of passengers.

British Airways claims it is managing to keep 75 per cent of its flights operating during the latest strike, but it admits it will take several days to get its schedule back to normal. British Airways' passengers should check on www.ba.com to see if their flight is operating before going to the airport.

While almost all British Airways flights from Gatwick and London City airports are operating normally, according to the airline, services from Heathrow have been badly hit. British Airways claims 75 per cent of its flights are operating, but many of its short-haul flights from the London airport have been cancelled.

Some British Airways flights are operating with a reduced inflight service; many are being operated by other airlines or with aircraft and crew leased from rival carriers.

British Airways admits that it will take several days after the end of the strike to resume normal operations. It does not envisage its short-haul schedule completely returning to normal until April 2. Passengers whose flights are cancelled have the right to rebook or claim a full refund.

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