British Airways grounds almost all flights as pilots strike

British Airways cancels almost all UK flights in landmark strike

British Airways cancels almost all UK flights in landmark strike

British Airways states they had to cancel almost 100% of their flights on September 9, 2019, as British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) has begun two day strike over pay.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that BALPA said nearly all British Airways flights, totalling hundreds, were cancelled and an estimated 195,000 customers would be affected.

The U.K. airline has cancelled nearly all of its flights for a two-day pilots' strike over pay disputes.

He said: "I'm really sorry for the position the cynical actions of the pilots' union has put us in".

The association also pointed to a almost 10-percent jump in pre-tax profits reported by BA's parent firm, IAG, last year.

British Airways has announced that is has canceled virtually 100% of its flights worldwide today and tomorrow, Monday, September 9, and Tuesday, September 10.

BA Cityflyer flights are not affected by the dispute.

This comes after a pay raise of 11.5 per cent was rejected by the pilots which could have seen them earn around 200,000 pounds per year as compred to their current earnings which average around 90,000 pounds per annum.

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British Airways is part of the OneWorld alliance which includes 13 global airlines including Qatar Airways, Finnair, Cathay Pacific and SriLankan all of whom operate to various cities here and also fly to London from their own bases.

The announcement comes amid the launch of a 48-hour walkout planned by the union, which is pushing for better benefits for pilots and what they say is a fairer share of the company's revenue.

The pilots have "consistently offered up chances for the company to negotiate a way forward", Brian Strutton, general secretary of the pilots' union, said in an emailed statement on Sunday.

The airline's pilots have been locked in pay negotiations with the company since November a year ago.

Both sides have said they're open to more talks, though the airline insists that terms of the latest union proposal amount to preconditions it won't accept.

BA said it understood the frustration of passengers affected by the strike. During the strikes, BA must offer passengers reimbursement for canceled flights, alternate travel arrangements under comparable conditions or a new flight at a later date. "However, it is a definite inconvenience to passengers who have been impacted, particularly for those who had urgent business and could not postpone their travel", said Sharat Dhall of Yatra.com.

Stuart Lloyd, Travel Expert at Columbus Direct commented: "Many of those heading off on holiday this week will experience severe disruption due to BA's pilot strikes". IAG's stock has fallen more than 31% this year, partly in expectation that the dispute with pilots would culminate in a strike, Berenberg's Yanoshik said.

Following strikes on Monday and Tuesday, another day of industrial action is scheduled for September 27.

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