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Are flights affected by the Thomas Cook pilots' strike?

Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman
Sep 8, 2017

Thomas Cook says a pilots’ strike announced today will not affect holidaymakers.

The travel company had tried to get an injunction to prevent the pilots launching a 12-hour strike, but this was refused by the court.

The pilots, members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association, then launched what was the first strike by UK pilots since the 1970s at 3am today.

The company said flights were still operating normally during the walk out and travellers would not be affected.

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Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: "We have kept this action to a minimum – just 12 hours.

"Thomas Cook have stated that all of its flights will operate - we hope that this is true, as Thomas Cook's customers are not to blame for this action."


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Thomas Cook said non-union pilots were so far ensuring that flights departed as normal.

The strike is over a pay rise offer of 1.5% to the pilots, which was changed to 4% over two years.

The union wants a deal "substantially" above the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation rate, which was 3.6% in July.

Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of Thomas Cook, said any pay rise had to be "reasonable and affordable" because the company was competing with low cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet.

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