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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

BA Service To Russia Unscathed

British Airways flights between London and Moscow and St. Petersburg are departing on schedule, the company said Thursday, despite a flight attendant strike that on its first day forced the airline to cancel more than a hundred flights to other venues.


British Airways did cancel a Thursday flight leaving Baku, Azerbaijan, for London, saying it had fewer passengers than other flights. The regularly scheduled Saturday flight from Baku may be canceled as well, a spokeswoman said.


Flights to and from Tbilisi and Kiev are running on schedule.


The British Airline Stewards and Stewardesses Association began striking Wednesday morning over a pay dispute, threatening to stay off the job for three days, the Associated Press reported. The airline said it had to cancel 135 of 196 flights scheduled to depart London's Heathrow airport Wednesday.


A travel agent at a British firm working in Moscow said some passengers wishing to return to Moscow via London from Mexico and the Caribbean have been delayed by the strike. Travelers affected by canceled flights are booked on alternate British Airways flights or on competing carriers, or given a full refund, the company said in a statement.


Although Moscow flights have not been canceled, bad publicity from the strike is costing British Airways business in Russia, the travel agent said.