6 NOVEMBER 2017
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In good news and bad for British Airways last week, the airline said a pay deal with its mixed-fleet cabin crew had been agreed, ending the long-running dispute which disrupted operations over the past year, but it was cancelling its Gatwick – Lima service for the winter.
On the industrial dispute settlement, the cabin crews’ union Unite said 84% of crew had backed the deal, which will result in pay rises of at least £1,404 to £2,908 by next March, depending on their experience and subject to inflation.
The dispute led to 85 days of industrial action by the Heathrow-based mixed-fleet crew, who then had their travel perks removed for taking part. These have now been reinstated.
Unite said the deal acted as settlement in full for the legal action it was pursuing on behalf of the mixed fleet crew “who had been sanctioned for taking industrial action by British Airways”.
On the Lima decision, BA said: “We regularly review our schedule to ensure that we are flying to destinations popular with our customers, during the months they wish to fly.
"As such, we will be suspending flights to Peru this winter while demand is lower, and instead will increase our flights to Mauritius. This winter we will now be flying Gatwick – Mauritius direct five times a week.”
The Lima route is expected to resume from late March next year.
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