British Airways in 2011 - higher costs, further strikes?
British Airways haven't had the best of years, with plummeting profits and industrial action taking their toll on passenger numbers. The disappointing news is that 2011 doesn't necessarily look much brighter; not only is there the threat of further strikes, but BA are increasing the cost of long-haul flights.
Union Unite is to begin another ballot of its members, which includes cabin staff, with regards to further industrial action. The threat of strikes has hung over BA since last November, and the latest action could see staff walking out at the end of January. At this time last year, the union was attempting to disrupt travel over Christmas until their ballot was deemed illegal, so instead strikes occurred over the Easter break.
While BA say they're confident of operating the majority of flights in the eventuality of industrial action, they're hardly sweetening the deal for passengers by increasing fuel surcharges. All long-haul flights will now cost an additional £20 for all return routes - it means passengers travelling in the economy World Traveller class will pay up to £76 in fuel surcharges alone.