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British Airways to passengers: Don't bother showing up at the airport

British Airways to passengers: Don't bother showing up at the airport

The industrial action by pilots, which is the first in BA's 100-year history, has seen flights axed for approximately 200,000 travellers, mostly from London Gatwick and Heathrow airports. "After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this", the airline said on its website.

Asked about the strike action, a spokeswoman for British Airways said: "We remain ready and willing to return to talks with BALPA".

The British Airways pilot strike has entered its second day, resulting in the cancellation of around 1,700 flights and severe disruption to cargo services over the two-day period. BALPA also points to a almost 10-percent jump in pre-tax profits reported by BA's parent company IAG past year.

British Airways now operates 49 weekly flights from five cities in the country, with a double daily from Mumbai and New Delhi and a daily service from Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Pilots are unhappy with BA's offer of an 11.5% salary increase over three years. "The gap between BA's position and BALPA's position is about £5m". The strike will involve 4,000 pilots and is expected to cause a loss of 40 million pounds (HUF 14.76 billion) a day to the airline.

BALPA wants the pay deal to include profit sharing for BA pilots, who on average earn around 90,000 pounds a year.

Stuart Lloyd, Travel Expert at Columbus Direct commented: "Many of those heading off on holiday this week will experience severe disruption due to BA's pilot strikes". The union said late on Monday that no new talks were planned.

The BALPA plans to strike once more on September 27.

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The pilots have "consistently offered up chances for the company to negotiate a way forward", Brian Strutton, general secretary of the pilots' union, said in an emailed statement on Sunday.

BALPA announced on August 23 that its pilots would be striking on September 9, 10 and 27 following a pay dispute with the airline, which they claimed would "not accept" any of "a number" of solutions that would have avoided a strike.

The airline said that flights operated by its subsidiary BA CityFlyer and its franchises SUN-Air, in Scandanavia, and Comair, in South Africa, were not affected by the strike action.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said under Australian law if a flight is cancelled or significantly delayed, passengers may be entitled to a refund.

BA said it understood the frustration of passengers affected by the strike.

The airline has also set up a dedicated page with information regarding the strikes.

"We code-share on a small number of British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Europe and passengers are able to move their dates of travel, free of charge to avoid the strike action", a spokesperson was quoted as saying.