The Unite union has called on British Airways to hold fresh talks to avoid the planned 20 days of strikes.

Unite announced yesterday that BA cabin crew would walk out for four five-day periods over 23 days, starting from Tuesday May 18.

However, it said the action could still be avoided if BA was willing to enter “meaningful negotiations”.

The latest industrial action will disrupt travel plans over the busy May bank holiday and half term periods. The strikes will end as the Fifa World Cup starts in South Africa.

The confirmed dates of the strikes are:

May 18 to 22
May 24 to 28
May 30 to June 3
June 5 to 9