British Airways cabin crew launched a fresh wave of strikes yesterday, digging in for a series of walkouts as the airline cancelled a number of flights, disrupting travel for passengers.
Members of Unite mounted picket lines at Heathrow Airport at the start of a five-day stoppage after hopes of resolving their row with the company collapsed.
The union said the action was “strongly supported” and clashed with BA over the effect of the strike on flights.
BA said it operated more than 60% of its long-haul programme and more than 50% of short-haul flights from Heathrow, while services from Gatwick and London City ran as normal. More than 60,000 customers will travel with BA every day this week despite the industrial action, the airline said.
Meanwhile, leaders of BA pilots described as “nonsense” suggestions from the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (BASSA) that a deal could not be done because they objected to travel perks being restored to staff.