LONDON: ALMOST 200,000 passengers have been thrown into chaos Monday as the British Airways pilots’ strike grounded hundreds of flights in the “biggest shutdown in history”.
The airline was crippled as pilots launched their 48-hour pay strike- with most flights out of Gatwick and Heathrow cancelled today and tomorrow.
The airline operates up to 850 flights a day, with most expected to be cancelled affecting about 195,000 customers over the two days.
Photographs o Heathrow Terminal five, the busiest hub for BA, show it almost empty of passengers after the cancellations.
And passengers have been urged to stay away from airports – with fears the strikes could last until charismas.
Passengers slammed BA as their travel mayhem unfolded this morning, with some claiming they were left stranded and out of pocket already.
One unhappy passenger wrote: “Should be flying to Mexico this morning to start out 14 day holiday, instead of flying on Wednesday but have lost two days off our holiday and you’re not going to compensate for the lost two days.
“Absolutely disgraceful, I will never fly with BA again!!”
Another added: “You’re a disgrace. My daughter (23 weeks pregnant) and husband stuck in LA and having to sort out their own return flights.
“Your phone lines are constantly on hold.”
A third said: “About to finish our honeymoon, luckily American Airlines are getting us home after two nights of 1 am phone calls after BA cancelled our flight.