British Airways axes 16,000 flights & staff threaten pay strikes fuell…

A MOVE by British Airways to ditch 16,000 flights has staff threatening pay strikes – fuelling fears of summer travel chaos.

Around 60 flights each day – about 10 percent of all BA flights – are set to be scrapped between March and autumn.

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British Airways has slashed 16,000 flights until OctoberCredit: Alamy

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A number of popular routes for tourists have been cutCredit: Getty – Contributor

As BA juggles staff shortages, employees who will take a hit due to the cuts are voting on whether to strike, Daily Mail reports.

Many already accepted a pay reduction of 10 percent during the pandemic – but now they want their complete salaries reinstated as the cost of living soars.

GMB trade union representative Nadine Houghton said it is “no surprise” workers are considering taking a stand.

Chiefs from GMB and Unite unions are getting a keep up on how many people will participate in a walkout if pay demands aren’t met.

Ground staff were among those to rejected a “generous” one-off lump sum – around 10 percent of their wage – because it meant the long-term pay cut would keep in place.

Majority of staff however are understood to have accepted the motive.

The airline has been forced to reduce its schedule until May, in a bid to prevent passenger disruption at short notice.

Flights are both domestic and international are affected, with European hotspots affected including Malaga, Palma and Lisbon.

Ten flights across the UK have been cancelled, with domestic routes from Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen affected.

The rest of the flights cancelled are cross Europe, with affected destinations including Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich.

Travellers on the cancelled flights have been told a few weeks in improvement.

EasyJet has also cancelled a number of flights across the UK and Europe, with more than 70 affected from Gatwick Airport.

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It comes just hours after BA was forced to cancel long haul routes across the summer, putting holidays at risk.

BA has cancelled UK flights to Miami, Hong Kong and Tokyo throughout the summer, with plans to fragment the routes for at the minimum four months.

It comes as passengers got stuck in huge queues at Manchester and Bristol terminals, with some waiting more than three hours to check in.

Travellers have complained of huge lines at check-in desks and harsh keep up-ups by security.

The problems, which also include difficulty recruiting, have pushed several airlines to cancel huge numbers of flights.

And industry experts have warned Brits to get to arrive in plenty of time to avoid missing take-off.

Janine Blackburn, who was travelling by Manchester Airport yesterday, said: “As if it wasn’t bad enough taking three hours to get by, [I’m] now delayed because passengers can’t get to the gate on time.”

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Staff shortages have been causing travellers chaos at airportsCredit: Alamy

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BA chief executive Sean Doyle said about 10 per cent of all BA flights will be affectedCredit: Getty



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