Virgin to be Hit by Crew Strike

Virgin Atlantic has said some flights originating from London Heathrow will be affected by planned cabin crew strikes on January 9, 10, 16 and 17. On January 9 and 10, cancellations include one outbound flight to New York Kennedy, one flight to Chicago and another to Boston; on January 16 and 17, one outbound flight to JFK, Chicago and Nairobi also will be canceled. As a result of these actions, Virgin has canceled its inbound London flights from New York on January 11 and 18. Passengers booked on these flights may cancel bookings to receive a full refund or rebook flights for another date or route, based on availability.

"Our main priority now is to ensure that we can get as many of our passengers to their destinations as possible," said Steve Ridgway, Virgin's chief executive. "We do not want to let them down, so we have put in place thorough contingency plans which will enable us to run nine out of 10 flights on each of the days affected by the action." The dispute is over pay. Visit www.virginatlantic.com. (JM)

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