(1:07 P.M. EDT) Cruise travellers can breathe a sigh of relief tomorrow, as the British Airways cabin crew strikes finally come to an end.
This is the third and last in a series of five-day strikes that began on May 24, after the airline and its cabin crew union, Unite, failed to reach agreement over pay and other working conditions.
Throughout the strikes, British Airways flights out of London Gatwick and London City airports have operated as usual. London Heathrow, however, was impacted. As we've reported since the beginning, British Airways is advising passengers not to travel to the airport through tomorrow unless their flight has been confirmed.
Fly-cruise passengers, meanwhile, should continue to check with their cruise line for updates.
The good news is, despite the industrial action, 80 percent of long haul flights were operating and 60 percent of short haul flights were taking off from Heathrow. The airline is also reporting that all flights out to South Africa for the World Cup -- which kicks off this Friday -- will go ahead as planned.
The bad news? According to the BBC, Unite has threatened to hold a fresh ballot among its members on further strike action -- which could potentially disrupt flights this summer.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Fly-Cruise Worries Over? British Airways Strikes End Tomorrow
June 8, 2010