British Airways says it is “ready and willing” to resume talks in a bid to resolve a dispute with pilots which effectively shut down the airline for two days this week.

The message came yesterday as the carrier returned abut 90% of services to normal on Wednesday after the 48-hour walkout on Monday and Tuesday.

The British Airline Pilots Association plans another stoppage on September 27 and has not ruled out further industrial action in the row over pay and conditions.

The pilots union has warned that a refusal by the airline to come forward with “meaningful negotiations” will result in further strike dates being considered.

BA said: “Further industrial action by Balpa, the pilots’ union, is planned for Friday 27 September.

“We remain ready and willing to return to talks with them.

“As a result, we are reviewing our flying schedule and we will offer affected customers the option to receive a full refund or the option to re-book to another travel date or on an alternative airline.”

The airline said that its customer contact centres were “extremely busy” and advised affected passengers to check updates on its website.

BA added: “We have not been notified of any further disruption by Balpa pilots.

“By law, trade unions have to give us 14 days’ notice of any industrial action, so we would always have plenty of notice to contact customers to let them know about any changes.”