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March/April 2019

Flybmi faces pilot strike threat

BMI Regional adds second codeshare with Brussels Airlines

Regional airline Flybmi may be faced with a pilot strike after the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) announced it would ballot its members over proposed industrial action.

The Glasgow-based carrier is in negotiations with its pilots over pay and conditions, with BALPA saying the ballot is due to close on 10 September, according to the Sunday Times.

Brian Strutton, general secretary of BALPA, said: “It is our belief that this matter can be resolved through negotiation and we remain ready to talk with the company at any time.”

A spokesman for Flybmi commented: “The pilots and company are currently in discussions, and we are confident that a mutually acceptable outcome will be reached.”

The news comes after Ryanair struck a deal with its Irish pilots to end strike action over the carrier’s process for determining base changes and promotions, among other factors.

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