EasyJet disruption threat lifted after pilots agree deal over fatigue

EasyJet pilots had threatened to take industrial action over fatigue concerns. Picture: Press Association
EasyJet pilots had threatened to take industrial action over fatigue concerns. Picture: Press Association
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Disruption at Scotland's biggest airline was averted today when pilots voted to accept a new offer over tiredness.

Members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) had threatened industrial action in a ballot in September over concerns about staff fatigue.

However, they have now voted by 68 per cent to 32 per cent to accept a new offer from the airline.

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.”

The strength of feeling was reflected in the original ballot, in which 96 per cent voted for some form of industrial action on a turnout of 88 per cent.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: "EasyJet is pleased to confirm 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."

EasyJet, which flew 5.5 million passengers in Scotland in the year to March, launched in 1995 with a route from Glasgow to Luton.

It has carried more than 40 million passengers at Edinburgh Airport since then, where it has now 36 routes.