British Airways pilots back down on Sept. 27 strike action

British Airways pilots back down on Sept. 27 strike action

LONDON — British Airways pilots have called off a planned 24-hour strike scheduled for Sept. 27.

Last week’s 48-hour strike by the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) on Sept. 9 and 10 forced British Airways cancel hundreds of flights. It’s estimated that the two-day strike impacted some 200,000 passengers.

BALPA said Wednesday that the Sept. 9 – 10 strike demonstrated the “anger and resolve of pilots.” But general secretary Brian Strutton said “now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism.”

BA offered pilots an 11.5% pay raise over three years, but differences remain over pilots’ demand for a bigger share of the company’s profits. BA’s parent company, IAG, made a net profit of US$3.2 billion last year.

The airline was already in the process of emailing passengers to rebook flights.