British Airways Reaches Pay Deal With Pilots Unions To Avert Christmas Season Strike

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British Airways has reportedly reached an agreement with their pilots union BALPA to increase pay for BA pilots after negotiations that have stretched through much of 2019 and escalated in several strikes.

If BALPA members accept the proposal this week it would avert yet another round of possible British Airways disruptions through strike action in the upcoming christmas holiday period.

Several strikes this year had a big impact of the airlines bottom line and as we reported earlier the pilot strike cost the airline €137 Mio and the airport staff one that was canceled at the last minute additional €33 Mio.

Going on strike in the busy holiday season would end in chaos and more likely than not also cause lots of anger with the public especially considering the already very high salary pilots receive.

The Times reported this morning that BA and Balpa have reached an agreement that members will have to vote on.

A strike by British Airways pilots over Christmas looks likely to be averted after the airline agreed a pay deal with union leaders.

BA, still reeling from a damaging walkout in September, was said to have reached a resolution with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa).

The union is believed to have accepted an 11.5 per cent pay rise over three years with the addition of a clause that allows for further rises in line with inflation. BA also offered better working conditions, rostering and bonuses alongside the restoration of generous travel perks stripped from pilots involved in past strike action.

The deal is recommended to about 4,000 BA pilots represented by Balpa. If accepted by members next week the dispute will end. …

Hopefully the offer BA made to the pilots is considered well and accepted. It’s not good for an airline to have this constant threat of strikes dangling over them.


Pilot strikes are very expensive for the airline and these costs BA faced may balloon if the unions announces additional dates. Merely the strike probability looming on the horizon makes business travelers who don’t like travel disruptions to book on competing airlines.

This has been going on for at least half a year now and cause huge disruption in BA’s schedule with passengers bearing the end result of these cancellations. Many just book different carriers but even that isn’t a guarantee. Imagine you book Lufthansa as an alternative just to get hit by one of their strikes too. Ideally people are avoiding European airlines altogether and pick an overseas one that has a better track record (read: never face any strikes).