Inflight catering dispute cost British Airways £35m to £45m

British Airways has estimated that this summer’s Gate Gourmet staff dispute cost it between £35m and £45m.

The airline saw its Heathrow flights grounded for two days in August after ground staff walked out in sympathy with sacked workers at its inflight meals supplier.

Releasing its results for the three months to 30 September, BA saw its pre-tax profit fall 18% to £241m.

“[The Gate Gourmet dispute] does not have a material impact on the quarterly financial comparisons as the airline also suffered operational disruption in the same period of last year,” BA said in its statement.

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