British Airways accused of cashing in on strike after cancelling flights and re-selling tickets at ten times the price

BRITISH Airways was accused of cashing in on the pilots’ strike after cancelling flights and re-selling tickets at ten times the price.

One traveller, Lewis Pye, 29, told how BA axed his £340 booking of four seats on a flight to Cyprus on September 8.

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British Airways was accused of cashing in on the pilots’ strike after cancelling flights and re-selling tickets at ten times the price.The businessman, of Oulton Broad, Suffolk, said: “I was able to book the exact same flight — BA0664 — on the same aircraft, for ten times the original price.”

“I can’t believe this is even legal.

“I wasn’t able to unable to talk to anyone at BA on the phone. It is just total meltdown and I don’t think BA know what’s going on.”

The £3,678.96 booking fee was £3,338.96 more than he initially paid.

Pilots announced three strike dates — September 9, 10 and 27 — but days either side are also hit.

BA said it had been giving customers “as many options as possible, as quickly as possible, including a full refund”.

Pilots union Balpa said 93% of members voted in favour of the action after rejecting a pay rise package of 11.5% over three years.

The pay offer has been accepted by 90% of BA’s workforce, with cabin crew branding the cockpit crew “greedy”.



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