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British Airways strike averted
British Airways and the Unite union have today reached a potential settlement to avoid the strike that was likely to hit Heathrow airport at the start of the school holidays.
BA has made a much better offer which has been deemed as acceptable by the union.
Extensive negotiations were held on Wednesday 6 July and an agreement was reached. Unite, the UK’s leading union, will now ballot members involved in the dispute on the proposed offer. It would be unusual for members not to accept the revised deal. As yet, we do not know what that is.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “We welcome that BA has finally listened to the voice of its check-in staff. Unite has repeatedly warned that pay disputes at BA were inevitable unless the company took our members’ legitimate grievances seriously. I pay tribute to, and stand with, our members who have fought hard to protect their pay.”
Unite regional officer Russ Ball said: “I want to salute the solidarity and bravery of our members, who, through acting in unity, have ensured that a vastly improved offer has been made.
“I am proud to be associated with our check-in members at British Airways.”
British Airways cancel another 10,300 flights until the end of October
Yesterday BA started sending out cancellation notices for further July flights but will continue to notify customers this week of later flight cancellations. All the cancelled flights are short haul so far. You should usually be offered an alternative flight that you can accept online. If it is not acceptable, you will need to contact BA or BA Holidays depending on the type of booking. Hopefully, with this substantial number of cuts, it will end all the last minute cancellations and ease delays.
If you had an Avios booking there should not need to be Avios availability to get rebooked on another flight.
You are entitled to be rerouted on another airline if BA can’t get you to the destination within an acceptable timeframe. Or of course, you could ask for a full refund. Unless you got a really good deal, you may be better off moving the flight as far as they will let you if you don’t want to travel this summer. It’s worth looking at the prices to your destination as you may end up paying substantially more to rebook at a later date. You can check prices on BA’s low fare finder.
If you want to see which routes are affected, you can find the list here.
British Airways resurrects SUN-AIR
British Airways has decided to restart flights with its SUN-AIR franchise from 5 September. The flights will be from London City to Billund. Billund is a city in central Denmark and home to the Legoland Billund theme park. Nearby, Billund water park has a tropical aquadome. There are also a series of sculptures lining a path along the Grindsted stream in Skulpturpark Billund.
The route will operate Monday to Thursday with up to 6 flights a week.
If you are a bit of an aviation geek, it’s a fun trip on a Dornier 328 high-wing aircraft which you don’t often see in service in Europe for commercial flights. There is only economy class operated on these flights, but they used to be very generous with their onboard catering pre-covid.
You can buy tickets from ba.com, but they are very highly-priced at £380 in economy as only full fare tickets are available. However, there are plenty of Avios seats available with the following pricing return:
- 18500 Avios + £ 1.00
- 17000 Avios + £ 11.00
- 14500 Avios + £ 21.00
- 9500 Avios + £ 41.00
- 7400 Avios + £ 71.00
- 5900 Avios + £ 91.00