UPDATE 1-BA to resume talks with cabin crew union

* Talks to resume to try to end strikes

* Union chief hopes momentum can be recaptured

* BA planning to run more flights if next strike goes ahead

(Adds Unite quotes, BA flight schedule)

LONDON, May 26 (BestGrowthStock) – British Airways (BAY.L: ) said it
would resume talks with the union of striking cabin crew later
on Wednesday in an attempt to avert further industrial action.

Cabin attendants are in the third day of a five-day strike,
protesting over staffing levels and cuts to benefits. The
stoppage follows seven days of walkouts in March.

Previous negotiations in the long-running dispute have been
acrimonious. The last round of talks ended in chaos over the
weekend when left-wing protesters stormed the negotiations.

“I really hope we can pick up the momentum of the talks from
where we were on Saturday before we were invaded,” Tony Woodley,
joint general secretary of the Unite union, told the BBC.

He said Saturday’s meeting was the first time that he felt
that was a genuine will to work towards a settlement.

Unite, which represents the bulk of the airline’s cabin
crew, has threatened another 10 days of strikes if the dispute
is not resolved.

BA said it was upping the number of flights it plans to run
during the next wave of strikes, from May 30 to June 3, after
more staff than expected decided to work during this week’s
industrial action.

The airline said its Heathrow longhaul schedule would be
increased to more than 70 percent of flights, from 60 percent
this week, while the shorthaul schedule would rise to 55 percent
of flights, from 50 percent.

Woodley repeated his offer to postpone the strikes if travel
allowances for cabin crew, which have become a major sticking
point in the conflict, are reinstated.

“Put the travel back as a gesture, and we will postpone the
strike to finalise any other discussion,” he said.

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(Reporting by Avril Ormsby and Kylie MacLellan; Editing by
David Cowell)

UPDATE 1-BA to resume talks with cabin crew union