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April 15, 2010

British Airways Strike Update: Flights Cancelled Jan 30, 31, Refunds Offered

The cabin crew branch of the Transport and General Workers Union has notified British Airways (BA) that it has cancelled the first day (Jan. 29) of its planned strike, but still plans to strike on Tuesday Jan. 30 and Wednesday, Jan. 31, with possible further action planned Feb. 5, 6 and 7 and Feb. 12, 13 and 14. In preparation of the upcoming planned strike on Jan. 30 and 31, BA has announced wide spread cancellations.

Out of the U.K., BA will:

Cancel long-haul and short-haul flights from London Heathrow during the strike period (00:01 GMT on Tuesday Jan. 30 until 23:59 GMT on Wednesday Jan. 31.

Cancel short-haul services from London Gatwick during the strike period; and,

Operate long-haul services from London Gatwick during the strike period, except flights to Tampa, Bermuda and Barbados.

Into the U.K., BA will:

Operate all long-haul flights into London Heathrow departing the originating airport on Tuesday, Jan. 30;

Operate some long-haul flights into London Heathrow on Wednesday, Jan. 31;

Cancel short-haul services into London Heathrow during the strike period;

Cancel short-haul services into London Gatwick during the strike period; and,

Operate all long-haul services into London Gatwick during the strike period, except flights from Tampa,

Bermuda and Barbados which will operate from their originating airport on Tuesday, Jan. 30, but may be subject to cancellation on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Operate services between Manchester and New York.

Other flights not affected by the strike include those operated by BA Connect, franchise carriers (GB Airways, BMED, Loganair, SunAir and Comair) and alliance partners.

While the major cancellations are planned for Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, additional cancellations may occur in the days following the strike as BA seeks to recover its operation and position aircraft and crew around the world.

Your Options:

Safe Harbors has already been in contact with travelers who are scheduled to fly British Airways. Should you need additional information, please feel free to contact your travel counselor directly.

1. You may re-book on another British Airways or BA franchise flight at your convenience, subject to availability.

Conditions

The change in booking must take place no later than two weeks after the original flight.

Travel must be completed within ticket validity or within three months from the original flight, whichever is longer.

The return flight, if applicable, can be re-booked at the same time, and no extra fare is payable.

2. You may claim a refund of the original British Airways or BA Franchise flight, plus any parts of the journey not made which are on the same ticket as the original flight.

Conditions

The refund will be credited to the original form of payment

Source: ASTA

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