British Airways Statement On Unite Strike Action
Tuesday 11, May 2010
British Airways is saddened but not surprised that Unite has announced further plans for extensive disruption for potentially hundreds of thousands of our customers over a busy period that includes the May half-term holidays.
This decision has no semblance of justification. Unite's officials continue to operate in their own world, showing callous disregard for our customers and their own members in all parts of our airline.
BA have made a very fair offer, which meets the concerns the union raised during 14 months of negotiations and also ensures that our crew remain the best rewarded in the UK airline industry. That offer remains available.
BA are confident that many crew will again ignore Unite's pointless strike call and support the efforts of the rest of the airline to keep our customers flying.
Due to the excellent levels of support BA have received from cabin crew based at Gatwick, all flights to and from Gatwick will continue to operate as normal. Flights at London City will also be unaffected.
At Heathrow BA plan to operate a substantial part of their longhaul schedule and there will be a number of daily flights to every destination across our shorthaul network.
BA are speaking to a number of carriers about leasing in extra aircraft to support our shorthaul schedule and also obtaining thousands of seats from other airlines to help the customers rebook if their original flight is cancelled.
BA will give more details four or five days before the strike is due to begin when we will announce the exact details of our revised Heathrow schedule.
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