All British Airways’ flights grounded as 4k pilots go on strike
British Airways on Monday have grounded 100% flights after 4,000 of its pilots went on strike making it the biggest strike action in a 100-year history of the airlines. Over 300,000 passengers are likely to be affected. The airline has offered refunds and alternative bookings to affected passengers and has asked the passengers not to turn up for the flight.
The British Airways is presently engaged in talks with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) which has declared strike on September 9, 10 and 27.
The association said the airlines’ financial gains have improved and they must share more of its profits with its pilots who made sacrifices during hard times. The airlines lost a bid in the Court of Appeal seeking a temporary injunction to prevent strikes by pilots based at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Expressing its regret for the inconvenience caused, British Airways issued a statement saying, "We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa's strike action has caused you. After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this."
It further added, "Unfortunately, with no detail from Balpa on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100 percent our flights."
In July, pilots rejected the airline’s offer to increase pay by 11.5 percent over three years.