BA expects to fly 75 percent of passengers during strike

10:55, March 27, 2010      

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British Airway (BA) said on Friday that it expected to fly more than three quarters of passengers during the next strike due to begin on Saturday to Tuesday.

BA said during the four-day strike, all London Gatwick and London City flights would operate normally. At its main hub, Heathrow, at least 55 percent of short-haul and 70 percent of long- haul flights would operate.

But about 17,000 customers will still be affected by flight cancellations during the strike. 180,000 of the 240,000 customers originally booked to fly in the strike period will fly either on BA planes, or on hired planes.

BA said another 43,000 people have been rebooked onto other carriers or changed their travel dates.

The talks over pay and working conditions between BA and the Unite Union, which represents the cabin crew, collapsed on March 19. Cabin crew later started the first three-day strike.

The union said the seven-day dispute would cost the airline about 100 million pounds (149 million U.S. dollars), twice 7 million pounds (10.43 million dollars) per day that BA announced earlier this week.

Thousands of British rail workers will also stage a four-day strike from April 6 in a row over jobs and working practices, the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has announced.

Source: Xinhua
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