British Airways' cabin crew voted today for a 12-day strike over Christmas and New Year.

The walkout by 12,500 cabin crew between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 will ground Heathrow's largest carrier and disrupt holiday plans for nearly 1 million British Airways' passengers.

Unite, the union representing BA cabin crew, said that a strike was voted for after the company tried to "intimidate workers into accepting poorer contracts", forcing crew to leave and attacking their pay and allowances.

Many of those affected by the strike will be skiers and snowboarders heading to Europe, the US, and Canada for a white Christmas.

BA Chief Executive, Willie Walsh says: "We will do everything we can to assist you at what will clearly be a very difficult time if strikes go ahead. We are working hard on contingency plans, and will announce them as soon as they are finalised."

The airline is set to lose £600 million in the current year after posting a record loss of £401 million in the 12 months to March 2009. The strike will be a crippling financial blow to the airline and according to one analyst, a 12-day walkout will cost the airline £300 million.

BA are currently reworking their flight schedules for the strike period and will inform affected customers directly through, email, text, or phone. Be sure to update your contact details online.

More information