Airline Pilot Association: Current COVID-19 guidelines dont make air travel safe
DETROIT Many people feel air travel isnt safe right now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and pilots agree. Officials with the Airline Pilots Association said guidelines and suggestions currently in place are not enough. Joe DePete, the president of the Airline Pilots Association, said passengers are the only ones who dont feel safe. Delta has already capped seating at 60% capacity in the main cabin and will guarantee middle seats are empty. According to airline industry analysts, if airlines eliminate middle seats as a standard practice going forward, ticket prices will increase by at least 40%.
British Airways pilots call off second strike
Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images(CNN) - British Airways pilots have called off a strike planned for Sept. 27 after their union said that action taken earlier this month had "demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots." British Airways was forced to cancel virtually all flights for two days in early September after the union called a strike amid a heated dispute over pay. British Airways posted an operating profit of nearly 2 billion ($2.5 billion) for 2018, an 11.6% increase over the previous year. The union said it retains the right to announce further strike dates if British Airways refuses "meaningful new negotiations." British Airways, which is owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ryanair's UK pilots will strike for 5 days this summer
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(CNN) - Ryanair pilots in the United Kingdom have voted to strike over pay and working conditions, putting summer travel plans at risk for customers of the low-cost airline. The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) announced late Wednesday that 80% of its members who took part in a ballot had supported the industrial action after negotiations with Ryanair reached an impasse. The pilots are scheduled to strike for two days starting August 22, and again from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4. Ryanair had planned its flight schedule based on the delivery of 58 of the 737 Max aircraft by summer 2020. British Airways pilots voted last month to strike for the first time since the 1970s.
British Airways pilots threaten to strike for better pay
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty ImagesLONDON - British Airways pilots have voted by a big majority to strike, escalating a pay dispute with the airline that could throw the summer travel season into disarray. Members of the British Airline Pilots Association working for the airline voted 93% in favor of a strike action, the union announced Monday. The conflict stems from a fight over pay that the pilot's association said it has been negotiating since late last year. The pilots association also represents Ryanair pilots who are based in the United Kingdom. It announced last week that it will be issuing a ballot to its Ryanair members to decide on a possible strike action Wednesday.