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Many people could find their Christmas travel plans blown off course after British Airways cabin crew voted to strike over low pay.
By a margin of four to one, members of the Unite union representing cabin crew who joined BA after 2010 voted to walk off the job as soon as December 21. The Mixed Fleet union represents about 15 percent of BA cabin crew, according to the airline, and the effects of strike action may be limited.
Unite claims that real wages for Mixed Fleet cabin crew start at 12,000 pounds, plus three pounds an hour flying pay.
A union official, Matt Smith, said: “Mixed Fleet crew earn just over the minimum wage and below the national average. Significant numbers of crew are taking on second jobs, many go to work unfit to fly because they can’t afford to be sick. British Airways bosses need to wake up to the anger and the injustice here.”
Italy, the first European country hit hard by the Covid pandemic, has cautiously reopened borders for the first time since mid-March amid an encouraging slowing of infection rates and death tolls.
A new site called Travel-Map has been launched showing real-time summaries of which borders are open and which are still closed during deconfinement, making it easier for travellers to plan summer trips.
Nice Côte d’Azur is set to reopen flights to nine European cities in June as the airport initiates a progressive resumption of flights within the week.
EasyJet has begun offering flights between the UK and Nice from 15th June, starting with a tentative schedule of three flights a week to Gatwick only, ahead of a more normal schedule in July.