British Airways suspends flight to and from Ghana, other countries, here’s why

British Airways

British Airways

British Airways has warned it would take some time for its flight schedule to return to normal after a pilots strike this week left aircraft and crew in the wrong place.

Members of the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said its members strongly supported the walkout, which caused the cancellation of more than 1,700 flights over the two days, affecting 195,000 passengers.

BA has made a decision to cancel nearly all its flights for the second day in a row, it announced in a statement identical to the one issued Monday.

Following the strike action, almost 150 British Airways aircraft, 700 pilots and 4,000 crew members are still out of place, the BBC has reported. And in addition to pilots being in the wrong place, BA said there was severe disruption to rosters for its 4,000 cabin crew.

"Every single flight movement also has to factor in detailed planning, including engineering checks, maintenance, catering, fuelling, baggage loading, cargo and cleaning".

"The nature of our highly complex, global operation means that it will take some time to get back to a completely normal flight schedule however, we plan to fly more than 90% of our flights today", it added. “We understand the frustration and disruption Balpas strike action has caused our customers.

Following strikes on Monday and Tuesday, another day of industrial action is scheduled for September 27.

Balpa said in a statement: "Should British Airways refuse meaningful negotiations, further strike dates will be considered by the Balpa national executive team".

Pilots had previously rejected an 11.5% pay increase over three years proposed by BA in July.

BALPA estimates that the 48-hour strike is costing the airline a total of £80 million but BA has yet to give an estimate.

But it says that now BA's financial performance has improved - its parent company IAG reported a 9% rise in profits past year - they should see a greater share of the profits.

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