BA strikes again: How important is travel insurance?

British Airways have announced another strike which will begin on the 1st August and last until the 15th August as part of an ongoing war over wages and working conditions.[1] The news follows the recent 2 week strike earlier this month which involved an estimated 1,400 British Airways employees.[2]

This will mark the 46th day of strike action by BA staff this year and with BA threatening to penalise strikers, it is likely that there will be many more to come.[3]

These strikes follow a catastrophic IT failure over the second Bank Holiday in May. With around 583 flights cancelled from Heathrow and Gatwick alone, it is estimated that 75,000 passengers were affected.[4] Whilst flight delays and cancellations are inconvenient and upsetting for holidaymakers, they can be highly detrimental for businesses and business relationships.

CCRS offer a range of business travel policies from a wide variety of A listed insurers. Travel insurance policies can offer compensation for delays caused by strike action where no advanced warning has been giving prior to booking your trip.

Not only does business travel insurance offer financial benefits in the event of travel disruption but also provides peace of mind that insurer support is available in the event of an incident via either a 24/7 helpline or mobile app support.

For more details, please get in touch with CCRS Brokers on 0141 212 8820.

[1] Topham, Gwyn. (2017) British Airways cabin crew extend strike into August holiday peak.[online] theguardian.com. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/19/british-airways-cabin-crew-extend-pay-strike-august [Accessed 26th July 2017]

[2] Munbodh, Emma. (2017) British Airways strike 2017: The flights affected and your compensation rights as 1,400 staff walk-out in long-running pay dispute. [online] themirror.co.uk. Available at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/2017-british-airways-strike-flights-10731347?service=responsive [Accessed 26th July 2017]

[3] Topham, Strike into August holiday peak, theguardian.com

[4] Paris, Nicola. (2017) IT crash could cost British Airways £150m – here’s how to claim your compensation. [online] telegraph.co.uk. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/advice/british-airways-flight-it-failure-how-to-claim-compensation/ [Accessed 26th July 2017]


26th July 2017
Author: Georgina Davies
Category: Uncategorised

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