EasyJet pilots' strike threat ends as deal reached

03 November 2016 08:56

In September, a majority of pilots voted in favour of industrial action, but talks were held to resolve the row

In September, a majority of pilots voted in favour of industrial action, but talks were held to resolve the row

The threat of strikes by easyJet pilots over concerns about fatigue has ended after they accepted new proposals from the airline, a union has said.

The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said its members voted by 68% in favour of accepting the Luton-based carrier's offer.

A ' positive outcome'

In September, a majority voted in favour of industrial action, but talks were held to resolve the row.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: "This is a positive outcome for Balpa and easyJet and the fact we have managed to reach a deal that satisfies most of our members is testament to Balpa's ethos of professional engagement.

"Balpa will now be working closely with easyJet to ensure this agreement delivers real improvements to pilots' lifestyles."

An easyJet spokeswoman said: "EasyJet is pleased to confirm that its pilots have voted in favour of the recent proposal.

"Our pilots are integral to the airline's success and we look forward to working closely with them and their union Balpa to deliver the proposal."

Plunge in profits

Last month easyJet predicted its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.

The airline revealed it will take a hit of more than £200 million due to a series of "extraordinary events".

The carrier has slashed ticket prices by around 9% year-on-year to boost demand as it has competes with Ryanair.

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