* Item includes READERS LETTERS

7 JULY 2014

YOUR WORDS


Readers are invited to add their comments to any story. Click on the article to see and add.

BTN DISTRIBUTION

BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.

Index

Email this Page
Bookmark

The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
info@btnews.co.uk
© 2022 Business Travel News Ltd.

Article from BTNews 7 JULY 2014

BALPA and 'Flags of Convenience'

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has raised concerns regarding airlines operating under 'Flags of Convenience' highlighted by Norwegian Air launching low-fare flights from Gatwick to the US using an airline registered in Dublin.  Norway is not part of the EU and is not part of the airline bilateral between Europe and the US.  (see BTN  Norwegian Special  and  BTN 23 June)

The union welcomed the start of services to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale from Gatwick.  However, Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of BALPA, said: “UK pilots welcome the opening of new routes from the UK to the US as will passengers”.

“The use of European pilots on this new route will reassure passengers who may otherwise have been concerned about an airline associated with a particular country by name which is in fact cherry-picking another country to oversee its safety standards and yet another to employ its pilots”.

“This complex arrangement would be a slippery slope towards a ‘flags of convenience’ approach and should be put on hold until the impact on passenger confidence, safety and employment standards is clearly assessed."  www.balpa.org.uk

Index/Home page
 

OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum


No one has commented yet, why don't you start the ball rolling?


Add your comment

First Name
Surname
Email Address
Company (Not obligatory)
Country/City
Comment
- You must be a registered subscriber using the email address entered to submit a comment, or you will be sent a confirmation email before your comment will appear.
- Your comment will be checked before appearing, which may take several working hours.
www.btnews.co.uk