Leading online price comparison site travelsupermarket.com has advised travellers to avoid booking BA fights scheduled during the period of planned strikes.

The Unite trade union announced today that it plans to hold four waves of strikes each five days long with one day inbetween from May 18 to June 9.

The union has given seven days notice of the industrial action and there is still a prospect a resolution can be found in the long-running dispute although both sides seems far apart.

Bob Atkinson, travel expert from travelsupermarket.com, predicted the strikes will cause “havoc” for many families hoping to fly over the May bank holiday and half term periods.

“So what should BA customers do?” he said. “Firstly customers should consult the BA website for the latest updates, they should then check their travel insurance policy wording to see if they are covered for industrial action, should they need to make a claim. 

“My advice to anyone thinking of booking a flight for departure between the May 18 and June 9 is to seriously consider booking elsewhere.” 

Atkinson said he looked forward to BA effectively communicating with customers about which flights will be affected.

“In the previous round of strikes BA actually managed to get away many more flights than expected, minimising disruption,” he said.