The following update has been issued by BA in relation to the first period of strike action between 20 – 22 March 2010:-
Since BA published their flying schedules for 20, 21 and 22 March, the number of cabin crew offering to work as normal has increased significantly – and is expected to grow further. Also as the number of other airlines offering their help for the strike period has increased to more than 60, BA have been able to reinstate some previously cancelled flights and provide extra capacity.
Please also check for updates on your travellers’ specific plans.
BA plans to operate as many flights as possible during the strike period and aims to add to the schedule announced yesterday in the days ahead. The attached schedule is accurate as of 6pm on 15th March 2010 but is subject to change so please check with ATP or on BA’s website for details of which flights will be operating and whether flights will be operated by British Airways or another airline.
The schedule BA has put in place aims to fly around 45,000 customers each day between 20 and 22 March. This represents around 60 per cent of customers originally booked to fly on these days. In addition, many thousands of customers will be able to rebook on to alternative British Airways flight or on services operated by other airlines.
Key points of British Airways’ schedule are:
BA plans to operate all long haul flights to and from London Gatwick and more than half of short haul flights at the airport. All flights to and from London City airport will be unaffected by the strike action, including our Club World London City service and all British Airways Cityflyer services. At Heathrow the airline will continue to operate more than 60 per cent of its long haul flights to and from the airport during the first three days of action, however some long haul flights will operate with a simplified on board service. The airline will operate some of its own short haul flights at Heathrow but will also supplement its schedule by chartering up to 22 aircraft with pilots and crews from seven different airlines based in the UK and Europe. This will enable the airline to operate more than 30 per cent of its short haul schedule. As many of these chartered aircraft are much larger than our own aircraft it is estimated that up to 50 per cent of short haul customers will be able to fly close to their intended departure time. Flights operated by subsidiary OpenSkies, between Paris and New York will operate as normal Flights operated by British Airways franchise partners (comair in South Africa and Sun Air in Scadinavia) will operate as normal. Flights operated by other carriers (including oneworld Alliance partners) which have a BA codeshare flight number will operate as normal. All dedicated cargo freighter services continue to operate as normal.