1BA travellers facing Christmas strike misery .
2Hundreds of thousands of British Airways passengers face travel misery over the busy Christmas and New Year period after cabin crew voted Monday to strike over job cuts and pay .
3The industrial action comes at a critical point for loss-making British Airways , which is slashing costs and attempting to merge with Spanish carrier Iberia in a fight to stay competitive against its rivals .
4`` After long discussions ... we are planning to withdraw our labour for a period of 12 days starting 22nd December , '' Britain 's biggest trade union Unite said in a statement after staff voted 9-1 in favour of striking .
5The announcement is a major blow for BA passengers that are planning to fly worldwide with the British airline over the festive period to visit friends and relatives .
6BA had carried 2.34 million passengers in November .
7`` We do not take the decision to strike lightly , especially during the financial strife that the company finds itself in , '' Unite said in the statement .
8A total of 10,288 cabin crew voted with 92.49 percent in favour of strike action .
9The union complained that BA management were in a hurry to cut short-term costs and were ignoring the longer-term impact on BA customers .
10`` The company is now in a head long rush to slash costs in the short term with no regard to the long term effects this will have , '' Unite said .
11BA fought back , slamming Unite 's `` cynical decision '' .
12`` British Airways is extremely disappointed that Unite is planning massive disruption for hundreds of thousands of our customers over the Christmas/New Year holiday period , '' it said in a statement .
13`` A 12-day strike would be completely unjustified and a huge over-reaction to the modest changes we have announced for cabin crew which are intended to help us recover from record financial losses .
14`` Unite 's cynical decision betrays a total lack of concern for our customers , our business and other employees within British Airways . ''
15BA last month revealed that net losses quadrupled to 217 million pounds in the group 's first half , or six months to September .