BA cancels London-TA flight due to cabin crew strike
British Airways has canceled a flight from London to Ben-Gurion International Airport that was scheduled to depart this morning, the second London-Tel Aviv flight to be canceled since cabin crews began a strike Saturday to protest wage freezes and working conditions.
However, another scheduled morning flight to Israel will take off from London as planned, said Yael Katan, the British Airways commercial manager for Israel.
Katan said the airline is taking pains to accommodate ticket holders whose flights were canceled by arranging seats on other airlines. Passengers are also being offered alternative travel dates or full refunds.
Katan said she hoped crew members would not follow through on their threat to renew the strike on March 27, which falls two days before Passover begins and a week before Easter. An additional work stoppage would have a profound effect on the holiday travel season, when many pilgrims visit the Holy Land, Katan said.
The timing of the labor strife could prove highly damaging to the airline, which recently announced it would be reinstating its wide-body 777 Boeing jet for afternoon flights from Ben-Gurion to London effective March 28.
To mark the occasion, the British company is allowing business-class passengers who pay the full fare for flights in April to sit in first class either to or from London.