Almost All UK Flights Dropped, States British Airways
British Airways announced Monday it has been made to eliminate almost all its flights from UK airports on the initial day of a strike by pilots.
“After many months of trying to resolve the payment dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this,” BA told in a comment.
The airline told it remains active to return to discussions with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA).
“Sadly, with no detail from BALPA on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to eliminate almost 100 percent of our flights”.
The UK flag carrier and its 4,300 pilots have been fastened in a nine-month pay dispute that could obstruct the travel arrangements of almost 300,000 individuals.
Pilots are to sustain their strike on Tuesday and are warning to strike for one more day on September 27 – and then probably again closer to the winter vacations — should the debate rage on.
BALPA has refused a pay hike of 11.5 percent over three years that the airline intended in July.
BA announces the offer would see flight captains receive “world-class” pay and advantages of nearby £200,000 ($246,000 or 220,000 euros) a year.
It also looks out that two other organizations representing 90 percent of the airlines’ workers have taken the 11.5-percent raise.
BALPA counters that co-pilots’ pays average around £70,000 — and that of subordinate ones drops down to just £26,000.
This transmits some in substantial debt since they must initial experience training that the BBC considers costs around £100,000.
BALPA also aims to an approximately 10-percent increase in pre-tax profits reported by BA’s parent organization IAG past year