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Travel firm saves pupils' US field trip; They step in as BA strike looms.


FIFTY-FIVE pupils from a Gwynedd secondary school will be able to go on a trip to America after all, despite a strike by British Airways.

At one time it looked like the trip for the pupils and five staff at Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, would be cancelled because of a strike by British Airways cabin staff who are members of the Unite union.

The pupils had paid pounds 760 each for the five-day trip arranged as part of their history and religious studies.

They will now be flying to New York for two days, including visiting Ground Zero, and to Washington for a further two days.

The visit was organised by travel company STS on behalf of the school.

Headteacher Dewi Lake, who is himself going on the trip, said: "At one time it looked quite bleak and we would have to cancel the trip altogether."

Originally they were all booked to fly together.

But due to industrial action by cabin crew starting today they will now be split into two groups - both flying from Manchester to Heathrow together but departing three hours apart and arriving at two different airports - John F Kennedy and Newark.

Mr Lake said: "It's a huge relief. The pupils had been looking forward eagerly to the trip and working hard to collect money. Everybody's happy that the trip is now going ahead. We're all counting the hours until Tuesday and the pupils parents are happy and grateful that it's going ahead.

"It's meant a lot of extra work for our office staff and the holiday company STS have had to re-arrange restaurants and stops for us."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 27, 2010
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