British Airways Strike May Disrupt Your Spring Cruise Plans

May 10, 2010

(12:15 p.m. EDT) -- British Airways' cabin crew union, UNITE, announced today that they will strike for another 20 days in May and June. The strikes will take place during the U.K.'s school half-term and Monday holidays in both the U.K. and U.S., so travellers planning a holiday cruise should check to see if their flights are affected.

According to a statement on the UNITE Web site, strike action will take place on the following days: May 18-22, May 24-28, May 30-June 3 and June 5-9. No details have been released about which flights or routes will be impacted.

The strike follows the union's rejection of a British Airways' proposal to settle the dispute between the two entities. A notice on British Airways' Web site says, "We are currently considering our response so we can minimise any disruption during this strike period."

A previous UNITE strike took place in March, when more than 1,000 flights were cancelled. The cabin crew is striking over working conditions, pay and job cuts.

We'll keep you posted as more details are announced.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor