Airline strike cancels BWI, Dulles flights
Protesters aboard a double-decker bus near Heathrow Airport in London. (By Stefan Wermuth / Reuters)
British Airways cabin crews began a five-day strike Monday to protest cost-cutting changes at the loss-making airline, forcing cancellations to some flights from the Washington region to London's Heathrow Airport.
The airline is currently listing the following flights out of Washington to Heathrow as canceled:
-- Flight 216 from Dulles International Airport: Canceled Tuesday through Saturday.
-- Flight 264 from Dulles: Canceled Thursday through Saturday.
-- Flight 228 from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport: Canceled Tuesday through Saturday.
From Heathrow to Washington:
-- Flight 217 to Dulles: Canceled Tuesday through Friday.
-- Flight 265 to Dulles: Canceled Wednesday through Friday.
-- Flight 229 to BWI: Canceled Monday through Saturday.
Two more walkouts are planned by the Unite union if the long-running dispute is not resolved -- an increasingly likely eventuality after weekend talks broke down in acrimony.
British Airways said it plans to carry 70 percent of booked passengers over the strike period, with flight schedules at Gatwick and London City airports unaffected by the walkout.
But services at Heathrow were hit -- adding to travel misery for passengers just weeks after the closure of European airspace because of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and a seven-day BA cabin crew strike in March.
-- Wire and staff reports
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