Mar 28 2010
British Airways said its services had got off to a "strong start" as thousands of cabin crew continued with their strike over cost cutting.
The airline said the number of cabin crew reporting at Heathrow were at the levels needed to operate its published schedule, although Unite maintained its members were strongly supporting the walkout.
The two sides clashed over the impact of the four-day strike, which will end on Tuesday evening, with BA saying more flights were operating than during last weekend's strike, while the union said scores of services were being cancelled.
BA said in a statement: "Cabin crew are reporting as normal at Gatwick, just as they did last weekend during the first strike period and punctuality remains very good.
"Our aim will continue to be to fly as many customers as we can during the second part of the biggest contingency plan we have ever launched.
"Our operations performed very well on Saturday and we delivered our objective of flying more than 75% of customers to their destinations.
"At Heathrow we flew the schedule we promised, which was significantly more extensive than during the first strike period.
"We operated 70% of our normal long-haul programme (compared with 60% last weekend) and up to 55% of our short-haul programme (compared with 30%).
"We flew our full normal schedule at Gatwick, with dozens of flights departing and arriving early.
"As expected, crew-reporting levels at Heathrow matched the flying programme we planned and delivered. Crew continued to report as normal at Gatwick as they did last weekend during the first strike period. London City operated as normal."