BRITISH Airways have started to cancel some of their flights ahead of the 16-day cabin crew strike.
Cabin crew and staff from more than 60 Heathrow flight routes are downing tools from July 1 to July 16 in a dispute over pay.
The airline has managed to limit the cancellations to just a number of flights that depart from Heathrow, while operating a full schedule at Gatwick and London City airports.
But some Heathrow flights are being merged.
Passengers who are being affected by the cancellations are being contacted by BA and rebooked on separate flights.
A BA spokesperson told Sun Online: “Once again we will be able to fly all customers to their destinations, despite industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite.
“We will operate a full schedule at Gatwick and London City airports as well as the vast majority of our Heathrow schedule.”
They added: “We will merge a very small number of Heathrow services, and all affected customers are being contacted in advance and will be rebooked to alternative flights.
“We would urge customers to ensure that the correct email and telephone details are in their bookings and to check their travel plans on our website, www.ba.com, if they need any further details.”
According to The Independent, 12 BA flights have been cancelled from Heathrow to Doha in the first six days of the strike, and passengers are being transferred to Qatar Airways instead.
The newspaper also reported that three flights from Heathrow to Abuja in Nigeria and a flight to Muscat have also been cancelled.
Members of Unite in the so-called mixed fleet will walk out from 00:01 on Saturday July 1 to 23:59 on Sunday July 16 in a long-running dispute over pay and travel concessions.
The union also announced it would “vigorously” pursue legal action against the airline on behalf of 1,400 cabin crew, who say they were “sanctioned” for taking previous strike action.
The union accused BA of drawing up a “blacklist” to impose sanctions on striking cabin crew, including cutting bonus payments and removing staff travel concessions.
There has been a total of 26 days of strike action since the beginning of January.
BA have said all flights to and from Gatwick, London City and Stansted will operate as normal, as will the recently-launched Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.