London: British Airways cabin crew
launched a new five-day strike on Sunday as a bitter dispute with
management over pay and working conditions dragged on with no
sign of any breakthrough.
Many flights to and from London`s Heathrow Europe`s
busiest airport were affected by the walkout. But the airline
insisted it could operate more than half of its services
because more cabin crew than expected had decided to cross the
Cabin crew walked off their jobs May 24 for five days
and began the new round of strikes Sunday after talks
collapsed Friday. They plan to strike for another five days
beginning June 5, if a solution to the long-running dispute is
Seven days of walkouts in March over the same dispute
cost BA around USD 63 million.
The two sides are at odds over staffing on long-haul
flights and other work conditions.
The airline said it planned to fly more than 70
percent of its long-haul flights, compared to the 60 per cent
it had operated during last week`s strike. Fifty-five percent
of British Airways` short-haul flights will take off, slightly
more than the 50 per cent last week.
The airline said all BA flights will operate at
London`s smaller Gatwick and London City airports.
BA said it expected to fly 65,000 customers about 75
per cent of those with a ticket between Sunday and Thursday.