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BA union announces strike dates in March

The British Airways cabin crew will go on a strike on consecutive weekends in March.

The union Unite announced the strike will be three days starting 20 March and four days starting 27 March.

Though the union said it would not strike over Easter, lack of progress could lead to further action after 14 April.

The strikes have been called after conflict over staffing cuts. With up to 12,000 flight attendants going on strike, the action is meant to create significant disruption.

The strikes will affect hundreds of thousands of passengers, as BA carries about 75,000 passengers every day. BA has pledged to run service through a 1,000 volunteer cabin crew.

BA boss Willie Walsh told the BBC that the two parties were "not close at all" to reaching an agreement.

BA said all flights to and from London City Airport would be unaffected by strike action, as well as all long-haul flights from Gatwick

Some short- and long-haul flights to and from Heathrow Airport would be affected, as well as short-haul Gatwick flights within the UK and Europe.

BA said it was "very sorry for the stress and disruption Unite's decision will cause."