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US NewsBritish Airways pilots strike called off

17:50  18 september  2019
17:50  18 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

British Airways Grounds Most Flights as Pilots Begin Strike

British Airways Grounds Most Flights as Pilots Begin Strike British Airways grounded most of its flights for the next two days as it faces its first strike by pilots in decades, a walkout that could cost the carrier 80 million pounds ($98 million). The airline canceled “the vast majority” of its 850 daily, round-trip flights, a spokeswoman said Sunday, after the weekend yielded little progress toward a resolution of the pay dispute. Industrial action is also planned for Sept. 27, a statement on BA’s website said. The disruptions will affect mainly London, where BA operates from its hub at Heathrow airport and also Gatwick.

British Airways pilots strike called off © Reuters A further strike by Balpa members is planned for the end of the month A strike planned by British Airways pilots for September 27 has been called off, the pilots' union has said.

The British Airline Pilots Association's general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: "Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA the pilots have decided to take the responsible course.

"In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on the 27th September."

The union warned on Wednesday that it retained the right to announce further strike dates "should BA refuse meaningful new negotiations."

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It said: "BA passengers rightly expect BA and its pilots to resolve their issues without disruption and now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism to be brought to bear.

"I hope BA and its owner IAG show as much responsibility as the pilots."

BALPA said the 48 hours strikes across 9 and 10 September - the first-ever by British Airways pilots - had demonstrated their anger and resolve, and that it was now time to reflect, "before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand."

"Almost all" UK departures and international departures scheduled for last Monday and Tuesday were cancelled in a long-running dispute between the airline and union over pay.

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