UK pilots have gone on strike for the first time in four decades. According to the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) last recorded strike by UK pilots was in 1974,
Thomas Cook Airlines said all its flights will operate today despite a 12-hour strike between 3am and 3pm by some pilots over pay dispute.
BALPA’s General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “We have taken this course of action extremely reluctantly, but with no sensible pay offer on the table, we have no other option.”
The turnout in the strike ballot was 88 per cent with 91 per cent of pilots voting to take action in a dispute over their 2017 pay negotiations.