BA strike latest.
BRITISH Airways has published its contingency plans for Unite’s strike period of May 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 and will fly more than 60 000 customers each day.
All flights at Gatwick will operate as normal as will flights to and from London City airport during the entire strike period.
At Heathrow, British Airways intends to operate more than 60% of longhaul flights and more than 50% of shorthaul flights in the first strike period and it will add to this schedule where possible. The airline will continue to fly to every shorthaul destination on its network.
The airline will operate most of its revised shorthaul schedule at Heathrow using its own aircraft and cabin crew, but will supplement its schedule by leasing up to eight aircraft with pilots and cabin crews from five different airlines based in the UK and Europe.
British Airways has also made arrangements with more than 50 other carriers so that it can rebook customers during the actual strike period onto their flights, if they had been due to travel on a BA service which has been cancelled.
The airline is still available to hold further talks with Unite but wants customers to have early warning of its flying schedule to allow sufficient time for alternative travel arrangements to be made.
Customers flying to/from Heathrow on a longhaul flight between May 18 and May 23 can now check their bookings on http://www.ba.com to see if their flight is still operating. The revised shorthaul Heathrow schedule between May 18 and May 23 will be available for customers on the airline’s website at 10h00 on May 14.
THAI protesters become more defiant
Thai anti-government protesters continue to be defiant as they spread themselves throughout Bangkok over the weekend clashing with security forces.
At least 29 people have been killed and 230 injured over the past three days. A state of emergency has been extended to five more provinces, bringing the total to 22. While security forces are trying to keep the protesters contained to one area rallying points continue to spring up elsewhere in the capital.
Two parts of Bangkok have been declared “live firing zones” and there are fears that protests could spread across the country as protesters held a rally in Ubon Ratchatani over the weekend.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also advised travellers against visiting areas of Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ayuthaya and the area in the south that borders with Malaysia. Meanwhile, the Dusit Thani Hotel was forced to advise cutomers to check out after three RGB rockets were fired at the hotel. No injuries were reported.
WestJet introduces extended in-flight entertainment time.
WestJet has decided to extend in-flight entertainment time by introducing ‘Here-to-There in-flight entertainment’ allowing passengers to enjoy seatback television on the ground and in the air.
In-flight entertainment is usually only available once the flight is in the air but now passengers travelling on WestJet will be able to watch television from the time they board to the time they get off provided they have ear-bud type earphones and except during the safety demonstration.
WestJet has been working closely with Transport Canada to make this service possible.