Wednesday, September 11, 2019

British Airways pilot strike to affect U.K.-bound Indian students

New Delhi: The total grounding of the British Airways for two days after its pilots went on a strike over pay dispute is likely to have a cascading affect on students planning to travel to the U.K. for the new academic season, say online travel agencies.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) struck work on Monday and Tuesday after nine-month long talks with the management had failed. Some media reports suggest the strike is due to end at midnight on Tuesday though there could be cancellations on Wednesday too.

The pilots are also scheduled to go on a strike on September 27 and the airline’s website says it has not been notified of any further disruptions by the union and the law requires trade unions to give 14 days notice before any industrial action which will allow them to communicate changes to customers.

In a statement on Tuesday, the airline reiterated that it was willing to talk to the union, which had resorted to industrial action for the first time in its 100-year history. “We are very sorry that the cynical action of the pilots’ union has left our customers and colleagues in this position and remain ready and willing to return to talks with BALPA,” its spokesperson said.

The uncertainty surrounding the airline’s operations that has 51 flights a week to five destinations in India is likely to adversely affect students joining universities in the U.K. for the fall season.
10/09/19 The Hindu
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