BA says strike action has cost it up to £45m

The estimated cost of strike action by cabin crew last month is between £40m and £45m.

In its traffic statement for March, the airline said that it operated 78 per cent of its longhaul programme and 50 per cent of shorthaul over the first strike weekend, with these respective figures rising to 83 and 67 per cent for the second strike weekend. According to monthly traffic figures, BA carried 14.6% fewer passengers than in March last year, although about half of this reduction was due to "planned winter capacity reductions," the statement said. The financial loss includes the costs of hiring extra planes, pilots and buying extra seats on other carriers.

BA and the Unite union are currently in a dispute over proposed changes to pay and conditions for cabin crew workers. BA is expected to report its largest ever loss when it announces its annual results this year. Last year it lost more than £400m, the worst loss since it was privatised.