British Airways today canceled one in ten flights worldwide because the disruption continues after 48 hours of strikes by its pilots.
The airline, which operates 850 flights daily, said it plans to operate more than 90 percent of its services, but thousands of passengers still have more delays.
It said nearly half of the airline's 300 aircraft and more than 700 pilots started the day in the wrong place, meaning there would be disruption.
The British national airline said that their & # 39; very complex, global operation & # 39; means that it will take & # 39; some time to return to a completely normal flight schedule & # 39 ;.
Nearly 195,000 passengers had submerged their travel plans in chaos after the first two-day walk in the airline's 100-year history, which began on Monday.
Members of the British Airline Pilots & # 39; Association (Balpa) said that its members strongly supported the strikes, canceling more than 1,700 flights.
But passengers have been told to expect even more delays and confusion after the strike last midnight last night.
The airline offers the affected customers refunds or the option to rebook to another travel date or another airline, and they have instructed customers to continue checking for updates on their website.
The airline, which operates 850 flights per day, said it plans to provide up to 90 percent of its services. Pictured: British Airways aircraft parked on the runway at Heathrow Terminal Five during the strike
British Airways had to cancel almost 100 percent of its flights at London Heathrow, leaving the terminals (such as Heathrow Terminal 5 in the photo) abandoned
An image taken from FlightRadar24 yesterday shows no flights from British Airways worldwide
An empty lounge at Heathrow Terminal Five on Monday morning after the strike action started
A spokesperson said: “We are very sorry for the disruption caused by Balpa's industrial action among our customers.
& # 39; We are doing everything we can to get back to normal and bring our customers to their destination. & # 39;
"It added: the nature of our very complex, global operation means that it will take some time to return to a fully normal flight schedule, but we plan to fly more than 90% of our flights today."
In an earlier statement, BA said: & # 39; Because of the union strike action, nearly half of our fleet of more than 300 planes and more than 700 pilots will start the day in the wrong place.
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The Balpa Union said that BA's failure to meet its requirements during the long-term dispute could lead to a & # 39; harmful escalation & # 39 ;.
Balpa said his members – including captains who paid £ 167,000 on average – 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;
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.
& # 39; In addition, more than 4,000 cabin crew have disrupted their schedules and in many cases are unable to operate for several days due to legal rest requirements.
& # 39; Each individual flight movement must also take into account detailed planning, including technical checks, maintenance, catering, refueling, baggage loading, cargo and cleaning. & # 39;
Departure from London Heathrow this morning seems largely unaffected – but there are still a number of canceled flights.
The cancellations seem to cause departure to European destinations.
The 8.20 hour flight to Geneva, the 8.45 hour flight to Aberdeen and the 8.55 hour flight to Charles de Gaulle were canceled.
There are ten canceled flights between 9 AM and 11 AM.
It was reported today that striking British Airways captains have fallen into the pocket with an average of £ 20,820.47 in wages and other benefits.
Seen through in a leaked document The sun, BA bosses outlined some of the cuts that took part in the strike will now face.
According to the newspaper, each striker was deducted £ 3,320.47 for "23, 83 bidline hours, which was the credit value for the trip to which the industrial action related."
Each new journey within the next five days will only be paid at a "single rate" instead of a "premium" fee – captains cost, depending on their salary, around £ 1,000.
They are also no longer eligible for the annual "All Colleague Bonus" and cost them an average of £ 1,000. The ban lasts three years, which means a deficit of £ 3000, the newspaper reports.
Pilots were also instructed to get rid of the "Deferred Bonus Plan," which would cost them an average of £ 2,000 or £ 6,000 over three years.
BA also emphasized yesterday for pilots that their staff trips last three years.
Pilots lose unlimited 10 percent & # 39; standby & # 39; flights for friends and family, costing them around £ 1,000 a year, or £ 3,000 in total.
They also lose lost confirmed hotline flight bookings, which are predicted to cost £ 500 a year, or £ 1,500 for three years.
Yesterday aircraft were grounded for another day, with only a few BA flights scheduled from Gatwick and Heathrow.
Long-haul flights resumed to places such as Dubai and New York after midnight when the strike action ended.
The union is still planning a new 24-hour strike on September 27 unless the jammed line has been resolved.
Balpa said the strike cost BA £ 40 million a day.
Striking pilots also calculate the costs after they have been stripped of their travel expenses for the next three years.
Cockpit crew has reportedly lost access to the 90 percent discount on every flight that will also affect their family and friends who have benefited from the deal.
They will also not be able to use & # 39; hotline bookings & # 39; confirming flights with a discount in a movement that costs them tens of thousands of pounds.
The arrivals hall at Terminal Five at Heathrow Airport, London, on day one of the very first strike by British Airways pilots
British Airways aircraft parked at the Engineering Base at Heathrow Airport on Monday morning
The biggest hit will be the crew living abroad and using the benefits of commuting from work to Heathrow or Gatwick.
Which travel benefits do BA pilots receive?
All BA employees benefit from & # 39; Fly the World & # 39; staff travel.
The BA website explains that from day one, staff can purchase discounted commercial tickets, also known as & # 39; Hotline & # 39; tickets, for staff or for friends and family.
After what BA describes as an & # 39; eligible period & # 39; Employees are eligible for unlimited standby and premium standby rates on the entire BA network and other partner airlines.
Some discounts can be as high as 90 percent.
After five years, employees are eligible for one concession per year for them and their friends and family, all they have to do is pay taxes and fees.
In the current dispute, BA has offered a pay increase of 11.5% over three years, which is said to increase the salary of some captains to £ 200,000, but Balpa says his members want a larger share in the company's profits .
BA has spent weeks offering passengers refunds or the option to book on a different travel date or airline.
Both parties have said they want to resume the talks, but there is little sign that the deadlock has been broken.
Balpa said the strikes were a & # 39; powerful demonstration & # 39; had been the power of the feeling of BA pilots, and encouraged the airline to return to the negotiating table with a few & # 39; meaningful proposals & # 39; to try to prevent the next scheduled strike.
A trade union statement states: & # 39; Should British Airways refuse meaningful negotiations, Balpa's national executive team will consider further strike dates. & # 39;
General Secretary Brian Strutton said: & # 39; Of course any reasonable employer would listen to such a clear message, stop threatening and bullying and start working on finding a solution. & # 39;
Why did BA pilots go on strike?
British Airways canceled most flights due to the first strike ever by its pilots.
Question: Who is on strike?
A: Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), which represents the majority of BA pilots.
Question: What is the dispute about?
A payment. Balpa says his members want more of a share of BA's profit.
Question: How many are they offered?
A: BA offers a pay increase of 11.5% over three years, which has been accepted by trade unions representing other BA employees.
Question: How many flights have been canceled due to the strike?
A: BA said that more than 1,700 flights were canceled on Monday and Tuesday.
Question: How many passengers have been affected?
A: Approximately 195,000 people would have flown with BA for two days.
Question: Has BA received many telephone calls from passengers?
A: BA says it has expanded its customer relationship teams since the strike dates were announced last month and received 111,000 tweets and nearly 400,000 calls per day.
Question: What alternative arrangements has BA made?
A: Tens of thousands of people have had refunds or rebooked flights with BA or with other airlines.
Question: Are more strikes planned?
A: Balpa has announced a 24-hour suspension on September 27 if the dispute remains unresolved.
Question: How much do BA pilots earn?
A: BA says that after three years, his payment offer will bring some captains to more than £ 200,000 a year. Balpa says that £ 100,000 is a more typical basic wage.
Question: Are conversations planned between the two parties?
A: Not at the moment. Meetings have been held in recent weeks, but these have not broken the deadlock.
Question: Are BA's industrial relationships in poor condition?
A: There have been disputes over the years, but the relationships were good until the row of pilots flared up.
Question: How much do the strikes cost BA?
A: Balpa says that BA costs £ 40 million every day and claims that settling the dispute would cost £ 5 million.
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