June 13, 2017

BA cabin crew strike called off

BREAKING NEWS: A four-day British Airways’ cabin crew strike that was likely to affect London/South Africa flights has been called off. 

Around 2 900 "mixed fleet" cabin crew who service key long-haul routes (including London-Cape Town) were set to down tools from 16 - 19 June.

Unions are now in talks with management and it's hoped further industrial action can be avoided. However, should an agreement not be reached a strike may be back on the cards at a later stage. 

Sure Travel CEO Vanya Lessing said passengers who had booked BA flights via a Sure Travel agency could get the latest updates direct from their travel consultant. 

This latest strike threat followed an almost weeklong strike by BA cabin crew in March, which disrupted services out of Heathrow. It also came at a time when British Airways is still recovering from a massive IT failure that grounded hundreds of flights late last month, affecting around 75 000 passengers worldwide.

“There have been several airline strikes in 2017 so far, as well as strikes by port staff that have affected cruise liner operations. This is in addition to other major disruptions to air traffic, such as BA's global IT failure and the indefinite suspension of all flights to and from Qatar by UAE and other airlines,” noted Lessing. “It is during turbulent times like these that travel agents truly prove their worth, as they have up-to-date information on the situation and the expertise to assist clients with alternative travel arrangements where necessary.”

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