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British Airways Strike Alert

Updated on 9 September 2019

The Situation:

British Airways (BA) was forced to cancel virtually all flights for Monday and Tuesday after

its pilots went on strike for the first time in the airline's history.

The strike was called by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) amid a heated

dispute over pay with the airline.

Nearly 200,000 passengers were due to travel on September 9 and 10, which will also

likely effect flights later in the week.

BA said it would offer "as many customers as possible" — including those connecting from

flights with other airlines — the option to rebook on other airlines, or have their flights


BALPA is planning another strike for September 27. The airline said it would contact

passengers traveling on that date if their flight is likely to be impacted.

Possible Effects:

  • Possible protests or demonstrations at airports

  • Delayed or cancelled flights

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Check with airline to confirm flight status before departure

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local media and news for updates

  • Check the BA website for additional information/updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy, or sign up for your country’s embassy alert system to receive warnings

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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