British Airways pilots to strike for three days in September

British Airways logos are seen on aeroplane tail fins at Heathrow Airport in London. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Airways pilots are to go on strike for three days in September, their union said on Friday (Aug 23), in a dispute over pay that could disrupt the peak summer holiday season.

Last month, the pilots overwhelmingly voted for industrial action and the airline, which is part of IAG, failed in a court bid to stop them.

"The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) has today given notice to British Airways that it will call on its members to strike on 9th, 10th and 27th September 2019," the union said in a statement.

"It is clear, following discussions with members over the last few days, that BA's most recent offer will not gain the support of anywhere near a majority of its pilots."

British Airways said the strike action was unjustifiable as their pay offer was fair and that the strikes would destroy the travel plans of tens of thousands of customers.

"We are now making changes to our schedule. We will do everything we can to get as many people away on their journeys as possible," the airline said in a statement.

"However, it is likely that many of our customers will not be able to travel and we will be offering refunds and re-bookings for passengers booked on cancelled flights."

The airline said it was exploring options to supplement its fleet with aircraft and crew from other airlines, known as wet-leasing, and working with partner airlines to schedule larger aircraft to take more customers.

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