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British Airways grounds nearly all flights as pilots strike

British Airways operates up to 850 flights a day. A British Airways plane is shown.
British Airways operates up to 850 flights a day.
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British Airways says it has had to cancel almost all flights as a result of a pilots’ 48-hour strike over pay.

In a statement Monday, the airline said it had “no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly.”

As a result, it said it had “no option but to cancel nearly 100%" of its flights.

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The airline said that it stands ready to return to talks with pilots’ union BALPA and that it is offering affected customers full refunds or the option to rebook.

The union claims British Airways is making massive profits at the expense of workers who made sacrifices during hard times. A further strike is penciled in for Sept. 27.

The airline operates up to 850 flights a day.


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