British Airways Strike Action

31 March 2023  |  Travel News

British Airways have announced a new wave of strikes affecting a small number of flights departing London Heathrow between 31st March – 9th April 2023.

The move is due to a planned 10-day strike by 1,400 Heathrow security workers in the Unite union, who are taking action in a dispute over pay.

Flight Cancellation

BA have said that they are canceling around 32 flights a day. However, Heathrow has said plans have been put in place to ensure it can operate as normally as possible.

Workers at Terminal 5, used by British Airways, will take part in the action, as will those who check cargo.

The airport has told BA to reduce its schedule on those days by 5% and has stopped selling tickets.

In a statement, the airline said: “We’ve regrettably had to make a small number of adjustments to our schedule.

“We’ve apologized to customers whose travel plans have been affected and have offered them a range of options, including rebooking onto a new flight with us or another airline or requesting a full refund.”

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We will not let these unnecessary strikes impact the hard-earned holidays of our passengers.”

Emergency Measures

The airport said it was deploying 1,000 additional staff, together with its management team, who will be in the terminals assisting passengers over the Easter break.

It said it might take “a little longer than usual to get through security”. It advised passengers to help ensure a smooth departure by checking their flight status before traveling to the airport and by having their liquids and electronics ready for security.

Next Steps

There have been no confirmed routes, and these appear to be randomly chosen. We recommend that anyone traveling during this period allows extra time for any possible delays and check or Heathrow airports website regularly for any potential cancellations.