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Last Updated: June 13, 2024

Compensation for British Airways Strike

British Airways passengers affected by British airways cabin crew strikes might experience a fair share of delays, overbookings, and even cancellations. If you fell a victim to these British Airways service disruptions due to BA strikes in recent years, you are protected by one of the EU laws. Passengers experiencing these flight problems may be eligible for flight compensation up to €600. AirAdvisor can help you claim your British Airways strike compensation today.

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British Airways Strike Compensation - Your Rights & Entitlements

Anytime you fall a victim to your BA flight being disrupted due to an airline crew strike (British Airways employee strike), you are in for a treat. The European Court of Justice has confirmed that passengers whose flights are delayed or cancelled are entitled to compensation, thanks to EU 261 Compensation.

Besides your potential right for an additional monetary claim, airline must offer you the choice between a ba strike refund of your original flight ticket price OR an alternative flight to your original destination.

Moreover, the reimbursement must cover the full cost of the ticket at the price at which it was bought. Discover more about EU Regulation 261 and its statements about air passenger rights.

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British Airways refund for strike : When Can I Claim?

Whenever British Airways employees decide to go on strike whilst this action results in flight operations being impaired or disabled, the airline must pay compensation for its actions and caused inconvenience.

That ultimately gives us the most important question to ask -- Who is on a strike? Is it the British Airways airline, and their own staff? Once it is validated that the flight operator, in this case British Airways, is at fault, the onus to compensate passengers for any cancelled or delayed flights caused as a result of the strike action is, thanks to EU regulation EC261, on them -- under the following circumstances:

  • You had a flight disrupted by a British Airways cabin crew (employee) strike.
  • Your flight was delayed for 3 or more hours or cancelled less than 14 days before it was due to depart.
  • You had a confirmed flight reservation.
  • The disruption has happened in a space of the past 3 years.
  • If you were given an alternative flight and your arrival time was remarkably different from the original supposed arrival.
  • In case of an undue event of denied boarding.

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“From the passenger’s point of view, the main concern is the strike’s origin that causes flight disruption”. “Airport and airline employees can be separated by two groups: airport ground handling staff and workers under the airline itself.”


Can you claim BA Pilot Strike Refund and Compensation for a British Airways flight affected by a pilot strike?

In the event of a flight delay, air passengers are entitled to care and adequate service at the airport, including food vouchers, phone calls, and emails. Thanks to the EU Regulation no. 261, you could as well be able to claim financial compensation if your British Airways flight was delayed due to a pilot strike by 3 hours or more. To find out if your BA flight meets the pilot strike criteria, use AirAdvisor’s free compensation checker.


British Airways Strike Compensation: When do I NOT qualify?

British Airways strike compensation claims are very much dependent on who calls the strike. British Airways may argue that strikes are ‘extraordinary circumstance’ and refuse to pay compensation as a result. This makes it often tough to deal with an airline, especially when trying to claim additional monetary compensation. Luckily, this is one of the reasons we established our compensation advisor. Read more about airline strike compensation.

Reason of strikes British Airways had (that generally don’t qualify for monetary compensation):

  • Strike due to traffic limitations made by air traffic control and/or airport staff
  • Strike due to baggage handlers
  • Strike due to political instability
  • Strike due to adverse weather conditions
  • Strike due to safety risks
  • Strike due to industrial action

Traditionally, airlines are exempted from the obligation of financial claims in the event of airport employee or air traffic controller strikes (the “ground staff”). Similar strike cases are circumstances an airline itself does not have a bearing on.


Can you claim Compensation for a British Airways flight affected by an Air Traffic Control strike?

In the case of Air Traffic Control strikes, you are entitled to an alternative flight or a refund, providing the delay/cancelation meets the EU Reg 261 criteria, however, it’s improbable the case would qualify for any monetary reimbursement at the court of appeal as British Airways will deem this an “extraordinary circumstance”.

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If you happened to be a victim of a flight strike, chances are you got left stuck and without any information or rightful care. However, thanks to the criteria of EU Regulation EC 261, as an airline passenger, you have a right to adequate food amount, phone calls, or even accommodation arrangements if needed. Additional monetary compensation claims are very are a subject to who calls the strike. To check if you are eligible, use AirAdvisor’s free compensation checker.


I Have a Long Wait at the Airport. What Are My Passenger Rights?

Should you be unlucky enough to get stuck waiting at the airport for an extended period of time due to strikes, you must insist on your “right to care”. These entitlements differ based on the amount of time you had to wait. To qualify, your British Airways flight must be delayed 2 hours or more. Here is a brief rundown:

  • Short-distance flights (1 to 1,500 km): Once your waiting time exceeds 2 hours and above, you must be given an adequate amount of snacks or food vouchers, free mobile calls, messages, or emails.
  • Medium-Distance Flights (1,500 to 3,500 km): Once your waiting time exceeds 3 hours and above, you must be given an adequate amount of snacks or food vouchers, free mobile calls, messages, or emails.
  • Long-distance flights (3,500 km + ): Once your waiting time exceeds 3 hours and above, you must be given an adequate amount of snacks or food vouchers, free mobile calls, messages, or emails.

If you happen to be a victim of a flight cancelation due to a strike and there is no alternative flight that can be found until the following day, the EU Regulation EC 261 comes in with a helping hand by requiring the airline to provide you with appropriate accommodation as well as all necessary transportation.

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What if I Want a Rebooking or a Refund? When am I entitled?

Whenever does British Airways cancel your flight, they must issue you with an alternative flight or your money back. Whenever your flight exceeds a delay of 5 hours and above, the financial cost of the ticket will be fully reimbursed back to you upon cancelling the flight yourself.

Don’t forget that British Airways (BA) strike ticket refunds and flight compensation are two separate things: use our free compensation checker and find out if you are also eligible to receive monetary British Airways flight compensation due to a strike in 2 minutes.

If your flight was cancelled, you should be offered the option of using an alternative flight by British Airways in order to get you to your destination. Find out more about strike refund policy and re-bookings.

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What is the British Airways Strike Compensation Amount?

In occurrences of cancelation, delay, or denied boarding caused by airline strike action, the EU Regulation 261 states that each passenger is entitled to compensation up to €600. Do you qualify for British Airways strike compensation? Find out for free on our claims page.


British Airways Strike Cancelled Flight Compensation

What happens if British Airways cancels my flight/all flights due to strike?

If your flight was cancelled due to a British Airways cabin crew strike, you qualify for additional monetary claims if you find out less than 14 days prior to your flight departure and British Airways failed to provide you an alternative flight or fully refund your ticket.

To help your case, ask for the reason of strike British Airways had in written form. This statement can be useful to increase the chances of your claim to be granted additional monetary compensation. 

Learn more about compensation for cancelled flights.


British Airways Strike Flight Delay Compensation

Strikes of British Airways can sometimes cause lengthy delays and negatively manipulate the expected arrival to your final destination. Should your flight happen to get delayed by 3 hours and above, it makes you competent for additional monetary compensation.

When does your British Airways flight affected by a strike arrive at the destination airport with a delay of more than 3 hours, you might be entitled to compensation of up to €600, relative to your flight distance.

So, how to claim flight delay compensation from British Airways?

Learn more about flight delay compensation or use our claim service to fill out the British Airways delay and disruption compensation form.


British Airways  Strike Denied Boarding Compensation

During a strike of British Airways, you might happen to find yourself in a situation where you are not allowed to board a flight that has been oversold, even though you have paid for the ticket. If experienced denied boarding against your will, you may be very well owed compensation. 

Learn what to do in the case of denied boarding and compensation.


British Airways missed connecting flight compensation

In order to claim compensation for British Airways’ missed flight, you must have your entire trip pointing to a single booking reference.

You could be owed compensation for a missed connecting flight due to delay or cancelation thanks to the EU Regulation Law EC 261 under the following conditions:

  • the same airline operates your connecting flight(s) which you missed due to a problem on your first flight, and
  • You  at your destination experiencing a flight delay exceeding 3 hours

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to fill a claim with British Airways?

If your flight was cancelled or delayed due to British Airways flight strike, you can check if you have an eligible claim for compensation based on the EU Reg 261. To find out, use AirAdvisor’s free compensation form now!


Will British Airways refund my ticket because of strike?

If your British Airways flight is cancelled, you should receive a refund or a replacement flight. If your flight delay exceeds 5 hours or more, the ticket cost will be fully reimbursed back to you upon cancelling the flight yourself.


What is the British Airways strike refund policy?

Whether you accidentally selected a wrong flight date or decided not to proceed with your travel at all, in order to cancel and refund your ticket, use the global service fees calculator and pick whether to change or cancel your ticket.


Still waiting for ba strike refunds?

British Airways customers are often left without help and answer from the airline, as it introduces further flight cancellations due to the current worldwide situation. The air carrier reported that the last strike cost the airline approximately £120 million. In order to find out the status of your BA strike refund, contact  BA customer service via email or direct call. Remember that ​​compensation is payable if it was caused by British Airways employee strike. If you want to avoid the hassle of enforcing your passenger rights, please entrust AirAdvisor to do this for you, as airline strike compensation claims will have to go to courts to succeed in collection.


What is the British Airways claim response time?

Whenever you are owed feedback, refund, or compensation from British Airways, it takes the airline up to 30 days to give you a response. However, whenever the airline turns down your compensation request, feel free using the help of our claim service to help your case.


BA Flight Strike Updates – How how to check your flight status?

Whether you are an air passenger experiencing flight disruptions such as pilot or cabin crew strike, or looking to inspect the status and updates of your future flight, have a visit to Manage My Booking page or the Frequently Asked Questions on British Airways’ website.


When is British Airways going on strike?

The last strike British Airways (BA) has experienced happened at the beginning of last year when the UK cargo and baggage handlers were set to strike over changes to pay and conditions. Over 800 cargo handler members of union Unite, predominantly based at Heathrow airport, voted 98% in favor of going forward with strike action, beginning on 24th December, lasting a total of 9 days and ending on January 2, creating flight disturbance and chaos.


British Airways flights cancelled at Heathrow?

In recent months, there have been a few cases of British Airways flight cancellations departing from the Heathrow airport. Whenever that happens, the airline might cancel its flights altogether, depending on the circumstances. Check the status and live updates of British Airways flights from Heathrow that have been cancelled or to learn if british air on strike.


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