Thousands of passengers are at risk of suffering through flight delays and cancellations during the next months. After staff members of both airlines began balloting on undertaking industrial action British Airlines’ pilots are unhappy with the pay offer that British Airlines offered and then withdrew. Regarding easyJet, the check-in staff at Stansted Airport are claiming that they are being paid salaries that are 20% lower than what other airlines’ employees receive for doing the same job.
Statements from the unions:
Mark Barter, regional officer of Unite, said that "any strike would hit easyJet’s profit margins in a competitive marketplace with passengers seeking alternative travel arrangements to avoid potential travel chaos at Stansted." More than 35 employees working for easyJet at Stansted Airport are represented by Unite.
British Airlines Pilots Association stated that "BALPA regrets the uncertainty for passengers and we will be doing everything we can to resolve this without disruption - but that depends on BA reciprocating."
Are passengers entitled to compensation if their flight is delayed or cancelled?
If your flight has been cancelled and you’ve decided not to take the replacement flight offered by the airline, you are entitled to a full refund.
In addition, if your flight has been cancelled and you have arrived at your final destination more than two hours late, you may be entitled to compensation. If your flight was delayed for more than three hours, you are also entitled to claim. You can check your flight with us and then decide if you want Flight-Delayed to handle your claim.
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