British Airways Strike Extended Through Popular Travel Weekend

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British Airways cabin crew have extended their long-running strike again, this time through August 30.

The Guardian reports that crew represented by the Mixed Crew Unite union voted to strike through August 30, which will include a bank holiday weekend that runs August 26 to 28 – typically a popular travel period in the UK. In addition to a long-running pay dispute, crew are also striking over sanctions against staff who have participated in this labor action.

This summers series of strikes at British Airways began July 1 as part of a long-running dispute over pay. Since then cabin crew have voted to extend the strike several times.

Throughout the strikes British Airways has said that it plans to continue operating all of its short-haul flights to and from Heathrow, with Qatar Airways, which owns part of British Airways parent company IAG, flying a small number of those services. Travelers can see if their flight is being operated by Qatar Airways using the Manage My Booking section on the British Airways website.

All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted will operate as normal, British Airways said, as well as the airlines recently launched weekend-only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

The airline has asked travelers to ensure that their email and phone contact information is up to date in the Manage My Booking section so that the airline can continue to provide updates on their flights.

The latest strike vote comes following a computer issue Tuesday morning that caused flight delays out of London Heathrow and Gatwick. That issue followed an earlier computer outage that stranded thousands of customers over a busy Memorial Day travel weekend.

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