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British Airways pilots strike has begun

300 thousand passengers involved

Today on September 9 the strike of 4300 British Airways pilots began, organized by the Balpa union (British Airline Pilots' Association). The dates set are, in addition to today's, also those of tomorrow and on September 27  (see AVIONEWS). This is the first long-term stop in the history of the British carrier that caused the cancellation of almost 1700 flights and 300 thousand passengers will be affected by the inconvenience. The most problematic airports will be Heathrow and Gatwick, but the airline has guaranteed refunds for travellers or flight reservations on other dates.

The motivation for the strike is due to a failed agreement on the salaries of the commanders: the airline refused the 11.5% increase in salary (pilots in this way would earn about EUR 220,000 a year).

British Airways is a UK airline based at London-Heathrow Airport. It is the largest British carrier by fleet, flights and number of international destinations and the second by number of passengers transported after easyJet. It's experiencing a period of pressing difficulties such us IT technical problems that have forced the BA to refund from millions of pounds, the question marks related to "Brexit" and now the protests.

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