Ahead of next week’s cabin crew strike, British Airways has cancelled 48 flights – including some long-haul departures, with four flights to and from California axed.
Members of the Unite union working for BA’s Mixed Fleet operation at Heathrow are walking out on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 January in a dispute over what the union claims are “poverty pay” rates.
Around 4,500 passengers will find their flights to and from Heathrow are no longer operating. Flights from Gatwick, London City and Stansted are unaffected.
The daily 5,360-mile link to San Jose, serving Silicon Valley, has been cancelled on both strike days. Passengers are being offered seats on other BA flights to San Francisco, which is about 40 miles away.
Other cancellations are on routes where there are multiple daily services. On Heathrow-Philadelphia, for example, one of the two daily departures for Wednesday has been grounded.
The axed flights represent 3 per cent of BA’s total schedule of 1,600 services on the two days.