June 20, 2017

‘No flight disruptions’ promises BA as union announces new strike action

BREAKING NEWS: The British Airways’ cabin crew strike that was called off at the 11th hour last week is back on, this time for 16 days (July 1 - 16).

British Airways, however, says the impending strike will not affect its operations, including all South African flights.

“All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite further proposed industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite between Saturday 1 July and Sunday 16 July,” said local BA spokesperson Stephen Forbes.

He pointed out that Unite, the union that has called the strike, “represents one of our five cabin crew fleets”.

The strike, originally set for June 16 - 19, was called off when Unite re-entered talks with BA. But the mixed fleet cabin crew yesterday voted to reinstate industrial action after the airline refused to accept the union's final compromise.

Sure Travel CEO Vanya Lessing welcomed the news that BA flights are expected to operate without interruption during the strike. She advised Sure Travel clients booked on BA to contact their consultant should they have any concerns or queries.

“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 should this become necessary,” she said.


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