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British Airways has lost an appeal aimed at halting planned strike action by its pilots. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) voted in favour of industrial action on 22 July, after three days of negotiations failed to resolve the dispute.

BA-owner IAG sought an injunction to prevent the strike in the High Court, but it was overturned. The airline then appealed and the Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday.

This opens the way for the pilots to name dates for a potential strike, which would likely fall in August – one of the busiest months for holidays.

However, Balpa has not announced any strike dates today. The union says it is required by law to provide BA with 14 days’ notice of any proposed strike action.

British Airways said it was “disappointed” that Balpa had “chosen to threaten the holidays of thousands” of customers.

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