A flight due to depart from London
Heathrow to Grand Cayman on Saturday 20 March
has been cancelled due to strike action.
Flight BA0253 was due to leave the
airport in southern England
at 9.50am Saturday. The Nassau to Cayman leg of
the flight, departing the Bahamas
at 17.05 the same day, is not affected.
A flight from Turks & Caicos to
Heathrow on Sunday 21 March has also been cancelled.
Scheduled services from Grand Cayman to Heathrow are not affected and will run as
According to the British Airways
website, passengers are advised not to go to the airport if their flight has
been cancelled. Flights from Heathrow are affected, but flights from London City
and Gatwick will continue to operate normally, said the carrier.
The strike is scheduled to affect
flights on 20, 21 and 22 March then 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 March.
In between the strike dates there
is a possibility, said BA, that other flights may be affected due to ‘the
knock-on effects’ of the strike action.
“Flights that do operate will
either be operating normally or with a reduced level of onboard service. This
will enable flights to operate with lower than our normal levels of cabin crew
onboard whilst remaining at, or above, the levels required by the UK aviation
regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority,” said information posted on the
British Airways website.
The Unite union, which represents
around 13,000 cabin crew, met with representatives of the Teamsters union in
Washington, DC, Wednesday. Unite officials said they had been invited to talk
with Teamsters about aviation industry standards.
“We stand in solidarity with
our brothers and sisters at Unite who are fighting for a fair contract at
British Airways,” said a statement by Teamsters.
Both Unite and BA have said that
they are still open to last-minute talks to alleviate the strike. British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday that he believed that an agreement that
was close to being reached on Thursday, 11 March, could still form the basis of
a new agreement.
Up-to-date information on
cancellations, re-booking options and operational plans is available from www.britishairways.com .