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20 May 2010

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Passengers due to fly with British Airways should be prepared for more disruption to their flights after leading judges today overturned a ban on the union, Unite, taking strike action.

On Monday 17th, the High Court ruled it would be illegal for cabin crew to take the planned twenty days of strikes, but Unite has now won an appeal, enabling it to press ahead with industrial action.

BA said: 'We will implement our contingency plan to keep British Airways flying. We are confident that thousands of cabin crew will ignore Unite’s strike call and help us fly more than 70% of the customers who were booked to fly with us in the period targeted.

'We will run a full programme at Gatwick and London City. At Heathrow, we will operate more than 60% of our longhaul operation and more than 50% of shorthaul.'

Tony Woodley, Unite’s joint general secretary, said: 'Further strikes will be unavoidable if the company does not immediately work with us to address the outstanding issues. This is a pause for peace. Willie Walsh must make the most of it.'

An announcement is expected later today (Thursday) on when any strikes will begin, although they are unlikely to occur in the next couple of days. Passengers should check the BA website to find out if their flight is affected. Make sure BA has your details – go to the 'manage my booking' page on the British Airways website and add your email address and mobile phone details so that you can be contacted with information about your flight. BA had previously announced plans for strikes on 18-22 May, 24-28 May, 30 May-3 June and 5-9 June.