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Posted on 21 May 2010

Thousands of travelers face disruptions in coming weeks after the union representing British Airways cabin crews has won a landmark court ruling. The Unite union said workers would walk off the job, starting Monday, for a series of back-to-back strikes totaling 15 days if the union can’t agree with BA management on a resolution to a bitter dispute over pay and working conditions. The airline plans to fly about 70% of passengers booked to travel over the targeted period. BA turned to the courts this week, hours before a series of strikes was due to begin. The airline won a ruling that the walkouts would be unlawful, but the Court of Appeal overturned the lower court ruling.

Heathrow Airport will again bear the brunt of cancellations, with the airline planning to operate 60% of its long-haul flights and 50% of its short-haul service from that hub. It plans to operate a full schedule at the Gatwick and London City airports.

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