June 6, 2017

British Airways strike confirmed: SA flights may be affected

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BREAKING NEWS: A British Airways’ cabin crew strike has been set for 16 – 19 June and it may affect South African operations.

Local BA spokesperson William Smook confirmed the strike was set for these dates but could not say at this stage whether South African flights would be affected. However, it is the “mixed fleet” cabin crew that plans to strike, and these crew service key long-haul routes – including London-Cape Town.

“We will publish our contingency plans in the coming days, for customers who have bookings on the days of threatened industrial action,” said Smook.

Sure Travel CEO Vanya Lessing said affected passengers who had booked via a Sure Travel agency should contact their consultant for updates and, if needed, alternative travel options.

“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 yesterday's indefinite suspension of all flights to and from Qatar by UAE and other airlines,” she noted. “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.”

The impending strike comes 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. In March BA crew held an almost weeklong strike that disrupted services out of Heathrow.

TRAVEL ALERT: Travellers who have booked BA flights that may be affected by the 16-19 June strike via a Sure Travel agency are advised to contact their travel consultant for further information. For bookings made via Sure Travel online, call 0861 47 48 49. 


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