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Cancellation warning for BA flights

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Passengers travelling with British Airways have been warned of continuing cancellations despite the fact that a four-day strike by cabin crew has ended.

According to the airline, Gatwick and London City airports will operate a normal timetable, while Heathrow will be affected "far less than anticipated". This is due to the high number of staff who crossed the picket line during the last four days.

Chief executive Willie Walsh said that "well-over" 80% of customers who had booked with the airline had flown during the strike.

He continued his combative stance against trade union Unite by taking out newspaper adverts.

Travel insurance policies taken out after March 12, the day when the actual strike dates were known, will not provide cover against any delays or subsequent abandonment caused by the strikes, as the event was known when the policy was taken out, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) .

Cover under travel insurance for cancellation will vary. Some policies cover against specific risks, such as illness and redundancy, but not industrial action, while other polices may provide this cover.

The ABI's director of general insurance and health, Nick Starling, sums up: "Customers should check their travel insurance policy, and speak to their travel insurer if they need to clarify the extent of any cover."

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