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BA strike on 27 September called off

Written by: Emma Lunn
Flights reinstated after the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) calls off strike action planned for 27 September.

BALPA said the strikes on 9 and 10 September had demonstrated the “anger and resolve of pilots” and it was now time for a “period of reflection” before the dispute escalated further and irreparable damage was done to the brand.

BALPA said it hopes BA will now change its approach and negotiate seriously with a view to ending the dispute over pay and pensions. But it warned that in the absence of new negotiations, it could announce further strike dates.

Brian Strutton, BALPA general secretary, said: “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course. In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September.

“BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear. I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots.”

What to do if your BA flight was cancelled

Passengers who were originally booked onto a flight that was then cancelled as a result of the industrial action, now have the option to re-book on to a British Airways flight operating between 26 and 28 September, subject to availability.

The BA website advises customers to call the airline to discuss their options and rebook. If you booked via a travel agent, you’ll need to contact your agent directly.

If you opted for a refund when your original flight was cancelled and subsequently booked yourself on to an alternative carrier, you’re likely to be stuck with your new flight arrangements. You won’t be able to get a refund for the new flight from BA and book back on to a BA service.

However, if BA had rebooked you onto an alternative carrier, due to cancellation of your BA flight, you will be able to rebook back onto your original flight, subject to availability.

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