BA pilot strike continues to impact operations

By Rachelle Harry

A portion of IAG Cargo’s operations continue to be disrupted in the aftermath of the British Airways pilot strike, which took place on September 9 and 10. 

Following the strike action, nearly 150 British Airways aircraft, 700 pilots and 4,000 crew members are still out of place, the BBC has reported.

A spokesperson for IAG Cargo commented: “Following the unacceptable strike action by BALPA, we have begun moving freight across our British Airways passenger network today. Our teams are working hard to return our operations to normal. We expect some ongoing disruption as we do this.

“We will continue to update our customers and apologise for this unnecessary industrial action affecting our customers’ shipments.

“Our Aer Lingus, Iberia, Level, and Vueling networks as well as our freighter and trucking services continue to operate normally.”

During the strike, British Airways, which is owned by IAG Cargo, said that it had been forced to cancel 100% of its flights – around 1,700 in total – as it had not been given information on exactly which pilots would be taking part in the strike. 

The September 9-10 strike took place because British Airways pilots were unhappy with a pay offer that they claimed is too low. Pilots’ union BALPA has warned that another strike could take place on September 27 if an agreement is not reached. 

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