By Shane McGinley
Flights from Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah & Kuwait to operate as normal.
British Airways has been forced to cancel scheduled flights on its Dubai and Bahrain routes as a result of the second phase of cabin crew industrial action due to start on Saturday March 27, the airline said in an update on Thursday. “We have cancelled one flight on the London – Dubai route March 29, 30 and 31. One daily flight on the London – Bahrain – Doha route has also been cancelled,” a BA spokesperson said.
“We have proactively contacted customers whose flights have been affected, and they have either been rebooked for future dates, rerouted, booked on other airlines or refunded,” the spokesperson added.
Flights from Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah and Kuwait are scheduled to operate as normal.
On Wednesday, British Airways said it will operate 70 percent of its long haul scheduled flights from Heathrow during this weekend’s strike action.
Unite, the union representing BA cabin crew, is due to start the second phase of industrial action on Saturday March 27 and it is planned to continue until Tuesday March 30.
BA said that an increasing number of cabin crew said they were planning to show up for work and it therefore estimates that only limited flights will be affected by the industrial action.
On Monday, BA said that the daily flight on the London-Bahrain-Doha route had been cancelled on March 22, 23 and 24 and that it had cancelled one of the three daily flights between Dubai and London that were scheduled to operate on each of March 22, 23 and 24.
The industrial action is over proposed changes to pay and working conditions announced by BA management, which has said it needs to shave more than $90m off the airline’s annual expenditure.
BA made a pre-tax loss in the nine months to December 2009 of $511m, compared to a loss of $104m in the same period in 2008.
The changes include a pay freeze in 2010, reducing the number of cabin crew on long haul flights from 15 to 14 and switching around 3,000 staff to part-time work.
Customers have been advised to check their bookings on www.ba.com to see if their flight is still operating.