Australian holidaymakers run the risk of being stranded after British Airways has canceled hundreds of flights.
Pilots for the major airline started their 48 strike on Monday – grounding most fleets and causing chaos for jet-setters.
The company has warned travelers that their flights can be affected and has warned vacationers that their trips may not go as planned due to the industrial action.
Qantas code shares with British Airways, which means that some of its flights can also be affected.
Australian vacationers run the risk of being stranded after British Airways has canceled hundreds of flights (stock image)
Pilots for the major airline started their 48 strike on Monday – grounding most fleets and causing chaos for jetsetters
A Qantas spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the company codeshares on a small number of British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Europe.
He said that passengers can move their travel dates for free to prevent the strike action.
The two daily services of Qantas from Melbourne and Sydney to London are not expected to be affected, the spokesman said.
However, vacationers have urged the Insurance Council of Australia to contact their travel agent or British Airways directly to ensure that they are fully aware of potential risks.
Spokeswoman Lisa Kable told it Sydney Morning Herald since British Airways offers refunds or alternative travel arrangements, insurance is no problem.
The travel plans of more than 290,000 passengers will be disrupted this week when the British national airline is stopped during the first strike in its history.
The Balpa Union has threatened that BA & # 39; s does not meet its requirements during the long-term dispute, could lead to a & # 39; harmful escalation & # 39 ;.
Balpa said his members – including captains paying an average of $ 298,982 AUD (£ 167,000) – are willing to take part in further strikes until his mandate for action ends in January. With a new strike scheduled for September 27, Balpa said yesterday: & # 39; with our vote we can take action at any time. & # 39;
The current pilot's strike, the first in the airline's history, will affect around 290,000 passengers over a 48-hour period
Qantas' two daily services from Melbourne and Sydney to London are not expected to be affected, the spokesperson said (photo pictured)
Higher-earning pilots have reportedly talked about continuing months of industrial action through crowd-funding among themselves to help fewer senior members.
Strikes during the hectic Christmas holiday period would be enormously problematic for the airline. The union wants to give BA, which made a profit of $ 3.5 billion AUD (£ 2 billion) last year, to give pilots a share of the profit. They have already rejected a salary increase of 11.5 percent over three years, plus a bonus of 1 percent.
BA chief executive Alex Cruz said that this would bring the overall average package for captains, including allowances and bonuses, above $ 358,114 AUD (£ 200,000).
Balpa said that the BA BA cost $ 71 million AUD (£ 40 million) per day, and claimed that the dispute could be settled for $ 8,951,543 AUD (£ 5 million).
The union – representing about 90 percent of BA pilots – yesterday accused the airline of & # 39; belligerence & # 39; and claimed that & # 39; fat cat & # 39; bosses missed the opportunity to end the impasse in Friday's arbitration talks.
This week's industrial action began at midnight and will affect almost all of the airline's 1,600 scheduled flights, affecting service on Wednesday. The worst disruption is expected at Heathrow, where 93 percent of BA pilots are based, the rest at Gatwick.
Balpa & # 39; s general secretary Brian Strutton said yesterday: & # 39; BA needs to wake up and realize that his pilots are determined to be heard.
& # 39; The leaders of the company who receive huge salaries will not listen. They refuse to negotiate and put profits above the needs of passengers and staff. & # 39;
The airline has accused Balpa of inflating & # 39; have set requirements for additional bonuses and extras worth $ 89 million AUD (£ 50 million).
BA, which urged passengers not to appear at airports today, has been criticized for tackling the crisis.
The company has insisted that most passengers have received refunds or have been re-booked on alternative flights. But many have complained that chaos has forced them to cancel vacations.
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