It’s official: British Airways pilots will strike

It was officially confirmed this afternoon that British Airways pilots will indeed be going on strike.

The dates of the strike are:

  • 9th September 2019
  • 10th September 2019
  • 27th September 2019

Ninety Three percent of the British Airways members of BALPA voted in favour of a walk out. BALPA represent 90% of British Airways pilots.

The airline will be somewhat relieved that they managed to hold off any walk out until after the busy summer season, but they will still no doubt be disappointed.

The pilots will be striking over pay. Despite being offered an 11.5% rise in pay over three years, the union feels that the airline could offer more in light of their recent profits.

During the previous strike the airline had to deal with in 2017, British Airways wet leased a fleet of ten Airbus A320 aircraft from OneWorld and IAG shareholders Qatar Airways.

British Airways Said:

Our proposed deal of 11.5 per cent over three years is very fair and well above the UK’s current rate of inflation, and by contrast to BALPA, has been accepted by the members of the Unite and GMB trade unions, which represent nearly 90 per cent of all British Airways colleagues including engineers, cabin crew and ground staff. In addition to basic pay, pilots also receive annual pay increments and regular flying allowances.

We continue to pursue every avenue to find a solution to avoid industrial action and protect our customers’ travel plans.

Which flights will be affected?

All flights to/from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Flights from London City, with the exception of the BA1/2 New York service won’t be affected. They are operated by BA CityFlyer, therefore a separate company to British Airways. The same applies to flights operated by franchise partners SunAir and ComAir.

What if you’re on an affected flight?

If you’re booked on a flight that will be affected by the strike action, the airline still has to get you to your destination. Even if this means booking you on another airline.

Failing this, the airline has to refund your flight within seven days.

One thing that is unlikely to happen is for the airline to offer any compensation. Under EC261 rules, a strike is beyond the airlines control – which seems crazy seeing as it’s essentially the airline that is causing the strike in the first place. But it is what it is I suppose.

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