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Flights will go ahead despite strikes: British Airways

By Alan Jones

British Airways has said all its customers will fly to their destinations despite a second wave of strikes by cabin crew next week.

Members of Unite employed in the so-called mixed fleet will walk out for three days from Sunday and again on February 9.

However, the airline has insisted that all flights to and from London Gatwick and London City will operate as normal during the second strike, while the "vast majority" of flights to and from London Heathrow will operate as normal.

In a statement British Airways added: "To enable all customers to travel we will be merging a very small number of flights at Heathrow - less than 1% of total flights planned.

"This will mean some customers will travel slightly earlier or later in the day than originally booked.

"We are contacting those customers with the options available to them.

"Our pay offer for mixed fleet cabin crew is consistent with deals agreed with more than 90% of British Airways colleagues, including many Unite members.

"More than 9,000 cabin crew, represented by a different Unite branch, this week voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal.

"The offer also reflects pay awards given by other companies in the UK and will ensure that rewards for mixed fleet remain in line with those for cabin crew at our airline competitors."

BA previously announced that most of its flights would not be affected by the first three-day stoppage.

The airline operates flights from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow Airport.

Passengers should check on the airport website for further updates before travelling.

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