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radha07 IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 25 January 2007 at 12:08pm | IP Logged
BA to chop 1,300 flights as strike looms

By Deborah Haynes and Jason Neely

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways cancelled some 1,300 flights next week after a breakdown in talks with its largest union pointed to a threatened 48-hour strike by cabin crew going ahead.

Cancellations would affect more than 140,000 passengers and involve most flights to and from Heathrow and Gatwick airports, with further disruption before and afterwards.

BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh said the airline was "bitterly disappointed" the union had rejected a solution on pay "out of hand".

"It has chosen instead to confirm a 48-hour stoppage for next week that will wreck the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of customers," he said.

Flights will be disrupted on Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31.

The strikes would be the third major disruption to BA's passengers after last August's security scare over liquids in cabins and the wave of cancellations and lost luggage caused by fog at Heathrow before Christmas.

BA said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange: "The airline remains committed to pursuit of a negotiated settlement before next Tuesday but wants customers to have early warning of its flying schedule.

The Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G) has threatened two further 72-hour strikes in February unless there is agreement on issues which include sick-leave policy and pay.

The union said it was "dismayed and saddened" that BA "failed to hear the voice of common sense". It had cancelled the first day of the planned three-day strike on Wednesday as a "goodwill gesture".

Jack Dromey, deputy-general secretary of the T&G, said: "After just over one hundred hours of talks and the postponement of the first day of the strike, BA had squandered the opportunity it had been given.

About 10,500 of BA's approximately 15,000 cabin crew are members of the T&G.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are being urged not to travel to the airports.

The airline said customers should check the Web site for information, or phone 0800 727 800.

It said some longhaul flights will fly as normal into Heathrow and some into and out of Gatwick. Its Manchester to New York JFK daily service will also operate as normal.

Other flights which are not expected to be affected include those on subsidiary BA Connect, on franchise partners GB Airways, BMED, Loganair and Sun Air, and those flown by other carriers using a BA codeshare flight number.



syreen_786 Senior Member

Joined: 11 December 2006
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Posted: 25 January 2007 at 12:28pm | IP Logged
omg...omg...i didnt knw many flightz bein delayed....i hope dey find a solution soon..thnx 4 sharin Hug
orms Goldie

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Posted: 25 January 2007 at 1:28pm | IP Logged
This airport is jinxed. Either fog or strikes Confused
missmalika IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 25 January 2007 at 2:59pm | IP Logged
OMG I heard it in the news and I couldnt believe it but thanks for sharin Wink
~*Ria*~ IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 25 January 2007 at 5:58pm | IP Logged
Holy mother, it's after a long time since something like this has happened.:-p
kal-el IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 26 January 2007 at 2:37am | IP Logged
i would be surprised but i'm not
WillSmith456 IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 26 January 2007 at 2:41am | IP Logged
pure_choclate Goldie

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Posted: 26 January 2007 at 11:31am | IP Logged

Originally posted by syreen_786

omg...omg...i didnt knw many flightz bein delayed....i hope dey find a solution soon..thnx 4 sharin Hug

ya...i hope so to...thanks ofr sharin from me toEmbarrassed

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