British Airways faces the latest round of strike action by cabin crew from today (Wednesday) ahead of the start of the peak summer school holiday period at the weekend.

Members of the Unite union working for the airline’s mixed fleet are taking industrial action until August 1 in a long-running pay dispute.

Around 1,400 mixed fleet cabin crew took part in a 16-day strike at the start of the month in addition to 26 days of walkouts since the beginning of the year.

BA is to once again draft in aircraft from Oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways to cover some short haul services.

The airline said: “All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations despite further industrial action by mixed fleet Unite between Wednesday 19 July and Tuesday 1 August.

“The union represents one of our five cabin crew fleets.”

BA added: “We expect to operate virtually a full schedule but will be merging a very small number of Heathrow services. Affected customers are being notified of their new flight details with as much notice as possible.

“We expect to operate our normal schedule of short-haul flights to and from Heathrow, with our Oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways flying a small number of these services on our behalf.

“We will be updating all of our operational systems with the details of which flights are being served by Qatar Airways on a regular basis.”

The airline plans to operate flights to and from Gatwick, London City and Stansted as normal together with recently launched weekend-only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

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