Irish flights affected by British Airways strike
Passengers on several Irish flights face disruption today after British Airways cancelled almost all services from UK airports.
Several flights into and out of Dublin Airport are among those affected today, as are a couple of flights to and from Shannon Airport.
This is the first day of strike action by British Airways pilots who are locked in a pay dispute with the airline.
"After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this," British Airways said in a statement.
The airline said it remains willing to return to talks with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA).
"Unfortunately, with no detail from BALPA on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100% of our flights."
Pilots are due to continue their strike tomorrow and are threatening to strike for one more day on 27 September and there's a chance of more before the end of the year if the dispute continues.
.@British_Airways flights are affected by a pilots strike taking place today and tomorrow. Passengers are advised to check latest flight information with their airline before travelling to @DublinAirport. More details here: https://t.co/XyJNzkJysK
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) September 9, 2019
Anyone who is using a British Airways service to or from Ireland are encouraged to check their flight status before travelling.