Cabin crew industrial action threatens to disrupt a number of long haul British Airways flights between 1st and 16th July 2017. However, the airline has taken action to minimise the inconvenience, with the assistance of their oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways.
Cabin crew industrial action – implications
A statement from the airline indicates that the possible disruptions are a result of proposed industrial action by one union out of five that represent their cabin crew fleets. Despite this, they have given an assurance that all passengers will be able to fly to their destinations.
Measures taken include:
Cancellation of some flights
The airline intends to operate almost all flights, although a small number of Heathrow’s long-haul services have been merged. Affected passengers have been notified.
Cancelled flights this weekend:
BA123 Heathrow to Doha (Saturday July 1)
BA122 Doha to Heathrow (Sunday July 2)
BA79 Heathrow to Muscat (Saturday July 1)
BA80 Muscat to Heathrow (Sunday July 2)
BA123 Heathrow to Doha (Sunday July 2)
BA122 Doha to Heathrow (Monday July 3)
BA83 Heathrow to Abuja (Sunday July 2)
BA82 Abuja to Heathrow (Monday July 3)
Short Haul flights are expected to suffer less disruption, with BA’s oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways flying a small number of these services on their behalf. Changes will be updated in the system on an on-going basis.
Passengers who may be affected by this action, can use the Manage My Booking page to check if your flight is being operated by Qatar Airways. You may also use this facility to ensure that your email and phone details are up to date.
All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted should operate as normal. So too, will recently launched weekend only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.
A little end note: Qatar Airways was voted World’s Best Airline again recently, in the recent Skytrax Awards announced at the Paris Air Show 2017.