BA and Unite talking again

A strike by British Airways cabin
crew entered its fourth day, after the latest talks between airline and union
bosses failed to break the deadlock in a bitter row over pay and conditions.

BA chief executive Willie Walsh met
with the joint leaders of the Unite union, Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson, for
six hours on Wednesday but didn’t reach a deal over the cabin crew dispute,
which has caused travel problems for thousands of passengers.

Negotiations are expected to resume
on Friday.

The current strike is scheduled to
end late Friday, but a new five-day walkout is due to begin Sunday.

BA said it would operate more
flights during the next walkout, as fewer staff than expected had joined the

Flights from London Gatwick and
London City airports were operating as normal, the airline said.

The airline said it planned to fly
more than 75 per cent of customers who hold a booking between 30 May 30 and 3 June,
compared to the 70 per cent of passengers it targeted during the current

It aimed to operate about 70 per
cent of long-haul flights and 55 per cent of short-haul flights from Heathrow,
up from 60 per cent and 50 per cent respectively this week.