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Travels: British Airways cancels 32 flights ahead of Easter holidays over imminent strike

*British Airways discloses about 1,400 Heathrow Airport security personnel will participate in the planned industrial action that will affect flight operations during the holidays from March 31 through April 9, 2023

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Ahead of the imminent industrial action in the United Kingdom (UK), British Airways has cancelled about 32 flights.

British Airways, which  announced this development Monday, March 27, 2023, noted it is cancelling about 32 flights a day to and from London’s Heathrow Airport at the start of the Easter holidays due to a planned strike.

The airline’s move came after 1,400 Heathrow security staff who are members of Unite the Union announced that they will walk out due to an ongoing dispute over pay, according to reports.

ConsumerConnect gathered the personnel at Terminal 5, which is used by British Airways, will take part in the industrial action and will affect flights during the Easter holidays as the strike will begin March 31 through April 9 this year.

Sharon Graham, General Secretary of Unite the Union, said: “Heathrow Airport is guilty of gross hypocrisy.

“It is paying telephone number salaries to its Chief Executive and senior managers, but the workers who make the company a success are on poverty wages.”

British Airways reportedly stated: “We’ve regrettably had to make a small number of adjustments to our schedule.”

A Heathrow Spokesperson was also quoted to have said: “We’ve apologised to customers whose travel plans have been affected, and have offered them a range of options, including rebooking onto a new flight with us or another airline, or requesting a full refund.

“We will not let these unnecessary strikes impact the hard-earned holidays of our passengers.”

Meanwhile, the airport said would be deploying 1,000 additional staff to provide assistance to passengers over the Easter break, according to report.

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