London, September 17: British Airways pilots on Wednesday called off their strike which was scheduled on September 27. Earlier on September 9 and 10 also, British Airways pilots had gone on a strike demanding a pay hike. The British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) said that the two-day strike called by the union had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots. It also asked BA to take action immediately. Strike-hit British Airways Flying into Turbulence.
The union expressed hope that BA would now negotiate seriously in ending the long-pending dispute of salary hike of pilots. According to reports, the airline had already cancelled flights for the next week. Around 1,700 services were cancelled in the strike action this month, reported The Guardian. British Airways Strike: Nearly 100% BA Flights To and From UK's Heathrow and Gatwick Airports Cancelled.
During the two-day flight earlier this month, several major flights, including the profitable route to New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Boston from London were affected. Also, around two lakh passengers faced inconvenience. British Airways also issued a statement after the protest in which it expressed regret for the inconvenience being caused to its flyers across the world.
It was for the first time in the history of BA that the airline had to ground its fleet due to pilots' strike. The airline is owned by London-listed International Airlines Group (IAG).