British Airways cabin crewmembers plan to launch a strike against the airline next week in a dispute over wages and job cutbacks.
The union representing flight attendants said the strike, approved in a vote by cabin crew, would begin on Dec. 22 and run through Jan. 2, potentially wreaking havoc on flight operations out of the United Kingdom over the holidays.
The airline, calling the walkout “unjustified,” did not say whether it would try to maintain any part of its flight schedule during the strike.
BA is Europe’s fourth-largest cargo airline. Although the strike would hit at a busy time for passenger travel, the holiday period is a notoriously weak period for air freight transport.
Some air carriers, including American Airlines in the early 1990s, have chosen to operate passenger aircraft during strikes by cabin crew to maintain freight service.