British Airways Airbus A320-232
Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Travel Alert: British Airways Pilot Strike September 2019 on Three Different Days

After the British Airline Pilots’ Association — which is also known as BALPA — revealed via an official announcement the results of a ballot on which the vote ended on Monday, July 22, 2019 with 93 percent of the turnout of 90 percent of pilots who voted are in favor of industrial action, pilots of British Airways who are based at both London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport are scheduled to go on strike on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Friday, September 27, 2019

Travel Alert: British Airways Pilot Strike September 2019 on Three Different Days

“Over several days of ACAS talks BALPA put forward a number of packages that we believe would have resolved this dispute without a strike, and which we could have recommended to our members for acceptance prior to strike action. BA did not accept any of these packages, and it is clear following discussions with members over the last few days that BA’s most recent offer will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority of its pilots”, according to this official announcement which was released by the union which represents the pilots of British Airways. “A day of strike action will cost BA around £40m. Three days will cost in the region of £120m. The gap between BA’s position and BALPA’s position is about £5m. Our proposal remains on the table should BA wish to reach agreement prior to strike action.”

Management at British Airways reportedly offered the pilots a pay increase of 11.5 percent over three years.

The confirmation of industrial action on the three aforementioned days is not exactly supported by everyone:


This potential industrial action — as well as at least five other strikes which threatened to affect travel to, from or within the United Kingdom, most of which are centered around pay disputes — is not exactly the way British Airways intends to celebrate 100 years in business as of Sunday, August 25, 2019…

…but the airline may have little choice in the matter: “In what is British Airways’ centenary year, this will be the very first time its pilots will go on strike”, according to the aforementioned announcement. “They do so as a last resort and with enormous frustration at the way the business is now being run.”

The good news is that this strike is not expected to affect flights operated by British Airways from other airports which serve the greater London metropolitan area — such as London City Airport or London Stansted Airport — but because the aforementioned ballot is valid until January of 2020, additional dates “may be announced until such time as this matter is resolved.”

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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