The British Airline Pilots Association has called off the next strike scheduled for 27th September in the dispute between British Airways and its pilots.

BALPA said the strikes on 9th and 10th September had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots. It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand.

BALPA 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.

“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 has however stated that despite hoping that British Airways will change its approach and negotiate seriously with a view to ending the dispute, it retains the right to announce further strike dates should they refuse the new negotiations.

It will be recalled that the airline was forced to cancel almost all its flights worldwide due to a two-day strike action by its pilots. The strike which followed failed negotiations between the BALPA and the airline over a pay offer of 11.5% over three years led to cancellation of over 200,000 flights.

British Airways is expected to operate more than half of its flight scheduled for Friday.

British Airways is expected to operate more than half of its flight scheduled for this Friday.

It will be recalled that the airline was forced to cancel almost all its flights worldwide due to a two-day strike action by its pilots. The strike which followed failed negotiations between the BALPA and the airline over a pay offer of 11.5% over three years led to cancellation of over 200,000 flights

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