British Air Strike Called Off

London -- The union representing flight attendants at British Airways has called off a strike scheduled to begin at midnight after the airline agreed to a pay increase for workers.

The agreement means that two, three-day strikes scheduled for next month have also been aborted. Despite today's announced agreement, the threat of a strike has thrown British Airways and its customers into disarray.

"Unfortunately, the decision has come too late to prevent disruption to the travel plans of tens of thousands of our customers tomorrow and Wednesday," Willie Walsh, British Airways' chief executive, said in a statement today.

The airline, which had canceled 1,300 flights in anticipation of the strike, said all long-haul routes and some short-haul flights will be restored.

Customers who want to travel on reinstated flights tomorrow and Wednesday should contact British Airways or their travel agents, the company advised.

The Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G), which represents about 75 percent of British Airways' 14,000 cabin crew members, said it won a 4.6 percent pay deal and a more favorable wage structure.

The T&G had originally planned to strike for three days, starting today, but it cancelled the first day of the walkout to continue negotiations.

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