British Airways is advising all its passengers to not to go to the airport due to the widespread pilot strike. The airline made an announcement on September 9, 2019 that they are still struggling to deal with the pilots in terms of pay dispute.
The announcement mentioned, “After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this”. The airline blamed lack of progress in its talks with the British Airline Pilot Association. The statement from the British Airways added, “Unfortunately, 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”. This was the reason the airline did not have an option than to cancel nearly 100 percent of their flights.
The announcement came amidst the launch of a 48 hour walkout that was planned by the union, that is working for the better benefits for pilots and what they say is a fair share of the revenue of the company. The airline added that it has made the pilots a generous offer of a 11.5 percent pay increase over three years. But still the unions say that the pilots continue to remain angry with British Airways. The pilots have argued that the company has increased its profits more than $3 billion annually, that was revealed by the parent company International Airlines Group.
The union says that it represents 85 percent of all commercial pilots in the UK and had voted to hang up their pilot caps on Monday and Tuesday and again on September 27, if the issue remains unresolved at that point. On a general point, it has been a rough year for British Airways, in terms of public relations. In 2018, the airline had apologized for a data breach that had exposed personal information of customers involved in 380,000 transactions.
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