British Airways cancelled almost 1,600 flights on Monday and Tuesday next week, due to pilots strike.
Airline grounds flights at Heathrow Terminal 5, Terminal 3 and Gatwick. which handles around 800 flights a day carrying 145,000 passengers.
On Monday and Tuesday, the majority of BA’s 4,300 pilots based at Heathrow are set to stage a strike, demanding better pay and working condition.
Apart from pay raise, Pilots are asking for a “profit share”, currently enjoyed only by directors and an above-inflation guarantee of 11.6%.
British Airways Chief executive, Álex Cruz, who is currently paid £1.3m, and a cadet pilot earn £27,000, a first officer £59,000, and captains start at £78,000, making about £100,000 plus allowances.
One of the long-serving BA pilots based at Heathrow, told Guardian news: “It’s not really about money, it’s about respect. We’ve effectively been lied to. We’ve given up a serious pension scheme, pay and pay rises when the company was weak – all on the promise that when the company was strong and giving up proper returns to its investors, we would benefit.”
In the meantime, No 10 urged “The unions and BA need to get round the table and sort this out. The public would expect nothing less,”
The strike will cost British Airways between £75m and £80m in lost revenue, plus extra costs in customer care.