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British Airways pilots' strike enters second day

PTI | London | Updated: 10-09-2019 18:07 IST | Created: 10-09-2019 18:04 IST
British Airways pilots' strike enters second day
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A landmark strike by British Airways pilots entered its second day on Tuesday with more travel chaos -- and no end in sight to the long-running dispute overpay. BA has decided to cancel almost all its flights for the second day in a row, it announced in a statement identical to the one issued Monday.

The carrier, which is owned by London-listed International Airlines Group, said it has canceled nearly 100 percent of its 850 daily flights, affecting the travel plans of more than 100,000 passengers. However, the pilots' trade union stood firm in its demands for greater salary and benefits.

The industrial action by pilots, which is the first in BA's 100-year history, has seen flights axed for approximately 200,000 travelers, mostly from London Gatwick and Heathrow airports. In advance of the strike, BA offered full refunds or bookings on alternative dates or flights with a different airline.

The walkout over pay by members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) trade union follows around nine months of failed talks. With no talks scheduled, pilots will also stage another one-day strike on September 27.

"Pilots are standing firm and have shown just how resolute they are," BALPA boss Brian Strutton said in a brief statement. "British Airways needs to start listening to its pilots and actually come up with ways of resolving this dispute." BA has offered a salary increase of 11.5 percent over three years, which it argues would boost the annual pay of some captains to GBP 200,000 (USD 246,000 or 220,000 euros).

However, the union has rejected the proposal that was made in July, arguing that its members want a bigger share of the company's profits. BALPA estimates that the 48-hour strike is costing the airline a total of GBP 80 million but BA has yet to give an estimate. FP) IND

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