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BA crew back at work

BRITISH Airways is resuming normal service, after a three-day cabin crew strike.

The group said that the first wave of the protest cost £21m (€23m) as one in five long-haul flights and half of its short-haul services were grounded. But the airline said that its contingency plan, using strike-breaking crew, charter aircraft and seats on rival airlines, kept 86,000 passengers flying on the first two days.

BA expects to lose around £600m (€668m) in the year to March 31 and says that it must cut £62m (€69m) from its annual cabin crew budget which, after fuel, is its biggest outlay.