British Airways starts cancelling hundreds of flights ahead of next strike by pilots

Mail Online | 9/12/2019 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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British Airways has begun cancelling hundreds of flights ahead of the next strike by pilots - just days after nearly 195,000 passengers had their travel plans plunged into chaos.

Tens of thousands of passengers are expected to be affected by the disruption on September 27.

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The 24-hour walkout follows a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday when 1,700 flights due to carry 195,000 passengers were cancelled.

The dispute over pay involves members of the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa).

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British Airways (BA) has offered a pay rise of 11.5% over three years, which it says would boost the pay of some captains to £200,000, but Balpa says its members want a bigger share of the company's profits.

Both sides have said they want to resume talks, but there is little sign of the deadlock being broken.

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The airline began contacting affected passengers on Thursday afternoon, 15 days ahead of the strike.

Under EU law, passengers are only entitled to compensation if they receive less than 14 days' notice of a cancellation.

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Balpa said in a statement: 'Balpa set a gap between the first and second periods of strike action to give BA time to work with us to settle this dispute with their pilots.

'We had today been exchanging new ideas to do that via Acas (the independent arbitration service) and so it's irresponsible and inconsiderate to its customers that BA has pulled out and decided to start cancelling flights now, just to save money...
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