British Airways flights out of Bermuda to Gatwick Airport today and tomorrow have been cancelled due to pilot strikes.

The airline confirmed today that the 2:55pm flight was cancelled today and Tuesday, as well as the return flight that usually departs at 8:10pm.

About 1,700 flights were cancelled today as the airline’s Pilots Association launched a two-day strike in an ongoing dispute over pay and work conditions.

An airline spokeswoman said: “British Airways sincerely regrets that flights to and from Bermuda today and tomorrow are cancelled due to the strike action caused by the pilots’ union, Balpa.

“We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa’s strike action has caused our customers. After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this.

“We remain ready and willing to return to talks with Balpa.”

The pilot’s union has claimed that BA management cost custs and “dumbing down” of the brand has eroded confidence in the airline.

The union issued notice last month of the two-day strike action, in addition to a third day on September 27, costing the airline an estimated $150 million.

British Airways has been offering passengers full refunds or the option to rebook travel plans.

The spokeswoman added: “Unfortunately, with no detail from Balpa on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100 per cent of our flights all over the world.”