BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) announced today it has called off the next strike scheduled for 27 September in the ongoing dispute between British Airways and its pilots.  Last week, British Airways pilots striked for the first time in the airline’s history, walking out for two days following failed negotiations between the airline and the pilots’ union over pay.  The strikes led to the cancellation of nearly 100% of BA flights, costing the airline…

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SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled more than 500 flights scheduled for Wednesday as pilots enter a fifth day of strikes. Pilots at the airline went on strike on Friday, grounding 70 per cent of flights. More than 300,000 travellers have been affected so far, with Wednesday’s strikes set to ground a further 47,000. The SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95 per cent of the airline’s pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, has said the dispute…

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BALPA calls for Ryanair CEO to step down ahead of AGM

BALPA calls for Ryanair CEO to step down ahead of AGM

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has made a statement on behalf of Ryanair staff ahead of the airline’s annual general meeting, urging its shareholders to replace CEO Michael O’Leary and Chairman David Bonderman. The union, which represents the pilots employed by Ryanair in the UK, described the relationship between Ryanair management and pilots as “utterly dysfunctional,” putting the continued success of the company at risk. BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “The industrial unrest…

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Ryanair pilots call for fourth day of strikes

Ryanair pilots call for fourth day of strikes

Tension between Ryanair and its workforce has risen yet again, following the Irish pilots’ union’s decision for a fourth day of planned strikes. On Wednesday, the union Fórsa said that pilots who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) would stop work on 3 August after the Irish LCC issued “protective notice” letters to some 300 of its workforce. The union added that further industrial action could follow. Under Irish labour law, protective…

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Hundreds of flights cancelled as French ATC walk out

Hundreds of flights cancelled as French ATC walk out

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled on Tuesday as French air-traffic controllers continue strikes. The USAC-CGT union announced its members would strike from Monday evening until Wednesday morning “for the defence of public service,” adding: “We must resist the erosion of human rights.” Airlines serving Paris Orly, Lyon and Marseille airports have already been told to cut one in five flights, with other airlines flying through French airspace also deeply affected. Ryanair made dozens of…

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Air France in turmoil after CEO resigns over strikes

Air France in turmoil after CEO resigns over strikes

Doubts have emerged regarding the future of Air France after Chief Executive Office Jean-Marc Janaillac quit following rows with labour unions over cost-cutting efforts. Shares in parent company Air France-KLM (AFLYY) crashed as much as 14.5 per cent on Monday, just days after the group announced first quarter operating losses of €118 million (£103 million), attributing €75 million (£66 million) of that loss to the strike impact. In a statement on Friday, CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said…

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Air France and Lufthansa cancel hundreds of flights ahead of strikes

Air France and Lufthansa cancel hundreds of flights ahead of strikes

Air France and Lufthansa are preparing for separate strike action in their home countries, with both carriers cancelling hundreds of flights. After facing two days of stoppages in the last few weeks, Air France is set for a fresh round of strikes. The airline says it plans to operate around 75 per cent of its scheduled flights, including 63 per cent of its long-haul services. Passengers whose flights haven’t yet been cancelled are being warned to…

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