The British Airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew announced yet another two strike waves for the coming two weeks that will last for 72 hours each.
British Airways operates several “fleets” of cabin crews and plans to operate all long-haul flights during the strike period. Some short-haul flights may end up being canceled or operated by other airlines such as Vueling (part of IAG) or Titan.
You can access the British Airways web page for the strike announcement here.
Note that British Airways has not published a list of affected flights, but they rather would like the passenger to check their flight status on My Bookings.
British Airways says:
Mixed Fleet Unite has announced that it intends to hold two further periods of industrial action involving one of our five cabin crew fleets on:
- 5, 6 and 7 February 2017, and
- 9, 10 and 11 February 2017
We will once again ensure that all of our customers will travel to their destinations.
We will publish our contingency plans on Tuesday 31 January to customers who have bookings in the first set of three days of threatened industrial action.
We will publish our contingency plans on Thursday 2 February to customers who have bookings in the second set of three days of threatened industrial action.
Please do not call our contact centres as at this stage they will not be able to provide any more details than are contained here.
The strike situation at British Airways is getting increasingly frustrating and as I wrote previously the fact that BA continues to refuse these crew members an appropriate, living wage that is suitable for the greater London area adds additional bitter taste to the whole situation.
Remember that if the operating airline changes from British Airways to Vueling, Titan, or any other carrier the passenger is eligible for a full refund regardless of whether the purchased ticket was refundable or not providing the passenger wishes to no longer fly and
These strikes won’t have as big of an effect as with other airlines that have been striking lately such as Lufthansa, because British Airways has several fleets of flight attendants, which belong to different unions, and only mixed fleet has taken action so far.
British Airways is bound by EC 261/2004 to rebook affected passengers on other airlines if needed at their earliest convenience (passenger’s – not the airline’s). BA is also required to provide duty of care (hotel accommodation, meals, phone cards etc) in case of longer delays. The airline doesn’t have to pay delay compensation per EC261 due to strikes.