The British Airways strike has been declared illegal by the high court, however airline passengers shouldn’t be packing their bags too soon.

In a move that angered cabin crew union, Unite, yesterday the High Court outlawed strikes which would have brought BA flights to a standstill over the next few weeks.

BA claimed that Unite broke trade union rules by failing to inform members of the full results of the strike ballot.

The walkout had been planned by 12,000 workers and would have taken place over 20 days, starting today.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority has relaxed its criteria for permitting aircraft to fly in volcanic ash. A Time Limited Zone has been agreed, allowing planes to fly for limited periods at higher ash densities than at the present.

However, air passengers aren’t in the clear yet.

crew-members may now hold another ballot on whether to strike. If it is
successful, the new series of walkouts will begin after the World Cup in South Africa is underway spelling catastrophe for football fans.

The action had previously been planned to finish before the tournament kicked off.

BA also revealed that it will take days to restore full schedules, but hope that flights will return to normal by the weekend.

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