British Airways has published a list of destinations that are likely to be affected by the announced cabin crew strike (should it actually happen) and they offer rebooking options for these city pairs.
A few days ago we wrote about members of the cabin crew union UNITE voting in favor of labor action after differences with BA management about pay conditions couldn’t be resolved (see our article here).
British Airways has published the latest announcement a couple hours ago (access here).
Following the announcement on Friday by the trade union Unite that it intends to hold industrial action involving one of our five cabin crew fleets on Christmas Day (25 December) and Boxing Day (26 December), we have spent the weekend reviewing our contingency plans.
We are planning to run a full schedule on Christmas Day and Boxing Day despite the threatened industrial action.
British Airways remains fully committed to finding a solution to this issue.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Additionally the following list (see here) is available including destinations that can be re-booked free of charge.
Although we are planning to run a full schedule of short haul flights to and from London Heathrow, we recognise that some customers may wish to change their travel plans.
If you are due to fly on a short haul flight to/from the list of cities below on December 25 and December 26 then you can take advantage of our more flexible rebooking policy.
Aberdeen, Basel, Belfast, Bergen, Bilbao, Bologna, Budapest, Dusseldorf, Gibraltar, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Kiev, Krakow, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Manchester, Marseille, Oslo, Paris Orly, Pisa, Prague, Stavanger, St Petersburg, Stuttgart, Vienna, Venice, Warsaw and Zagreb.
If you hold a valid ticket for travel on one of these routes (issued before 16 December) you can take advantage of one of the three following options:
- Rebook onto an alternative British Airways operated service, same point of origin and destination for travel before Christmas or up to 355 days in the future.
- Reroute onto a British Airways operated service to/from an alternative destination within 300 miles radius from the original point of origin/destination. The alternative destination must not be included in the list of affected routes above.
- Change your destination. The value of the original ticket may be used towards the purchase of a completely new ticket to an alternative British Airways destination.
This policy also applies if you are transferring through Heathrow and your journey includes a non-affected long haul service as well as a short haul service.
Free cancellations are not offered at the moment, though it will be mandatory once a flight is actually being cancelled should the passenger wish the refund the ticket entirely.
All other routes not mentioned above are unlikely to be affected by strike action and related cancellations which include all longhaul routes as well as those flights operated to/from London-City and Gatwick airport.
British Airways previously announced that more definitive news would be forthcoming today but as far as their announcements go this is the only update they have.
As mentioned previously, you should keep an eye out for your reservations during the holiday period and remember that BA will have the obligation to re-book you onto different carriers even in case of a strike should one of your flights be cancelled or delayed causing you to miss your connection.