--- SEARCH ---
Chinese Women
Film in China
War on Poverty
Learning Chinese
Learn to Cook Chinese Dishes
Exchange Rates
Hotel Service
China Calendar
Telephone and
Postal Codes

Hot Links
China Development Gateway
Chinese Embassies
China Post
China Air Express
Hospitals in China
Chinese Embassies
Foreign Embassies
Construction Bank
Bank of China
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Travel Agencies
China Travel Service
China International Travel Service
Beijing Youth Travel Service
Beijing Xinhua Tours
China Tibet Tour
China Tours
China National Tourism Administration

Online marketplace of Manufacturers & Wholesalers

BA Resumes Flights After Wildcat Strikes

British Airways (BA) said it had resumed flights at Heathrow Airport on Friday while a massive backlog of passengers remains following wildcat strikes.


BA said 1,000 staff who walked out in sympathy with workers sacked by caterer Gate Gourmet, the company which supplies food to BA planes, were returning to work.


The BA strike is thought to have affected as many as 70,000 passengers.


BA dispatched 31 flights during the evening, and warned passengers that only those with confirmed reservations would be able to fly.


Anyone without a reservation on the small number of flights was warned not to go to the airport. The airline planned to refund those who had to stay in a hotel on Friday night.


At the airport there are barriers in place, and only those with reservations are being allowed through. 


Talks between Gate Gourmet and the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), organizer of the strikes, have been adjourned until Saturday.


Gate Gourmet officials have said the talks were constructive, and the TGWU described them as "useful".


Nearly 100 BA aircraft and 1,000 pilots and cabin crew were still in the wrong place at sites around the world, the airline said


And there is still a huge backlog of passengers from Thursday and Friday's canceled flights, which could mean disruption for days to come.


Two unofficial strikes lie at the heart of the travel chaos.


The first, by about 600 Gate Gourmet employees over the firm's restructuring plans, led to them being dismissed.


The second walk-out by BA baggage handlers and other ground staff, in sympathy with the catering workers, caused the airline to cancel hundreds of flights on Thursday and Friday.


BA would usually run about 550 flights a day from Heathrow during the busy holiday season, involving 70,000 passengers.


(Xinhua News Agency August 15, 2005)


Delayed Flyer Sues China Eastern Airlines
China to Build New Flight School
New Flight to Link Guangzhou, Jinggangshan
Print This Page
Email This Page
About Us SiteMap Feedback
Copyright © China Internet Information Center. All Rights Reserved
E-mail: webmaster@china.org.cn Tel: 86-10-68326688