Press Releases

Data from 2016 shows laser incidents still dangerously high, say pilots

Monday 27 February 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) says the number of laser attacks is still ‘dangerously high’ after the release of the total incidents reported last year.   

Exhausting European flight rules could lead to a pilot burnout crisis

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Airlines are not doing enough to address fatiguing rosters and this will lead to many UK pilots suffering ‘burnout’ according to flight safety experts at the British Airline Pilots’ Association

Airport passenger growth great news but decisions on expansion and Brexit are vital

Wednesday 15 February 2017

BALPA has praised the dedicated people working in the aviation industry, who they say are to thank for an increase in the growth in the number of passengers in 2016.

BALPA says put aviation’s dedicated people at the heart of new strategy

Thursday 02 February 2017

BALPA statement in response to the Government announcement that it is preparing a new UK aviation strategy

Pilots welcome victory against Jet2 in landmark legal case

Wednesday 18 January 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has won an important case in the Court of Appeal on trade union rights against the Leeds-based airline, Jet2.

BALPA statement in response to suspension of MH370 search

Tuesday 17 January 2017

BALPA statement in response to the suspension of the MH370 search.

How do planes operate in bad weather? A pilot explains

Thursday 12 January 2017

How does a plane land in snow? What problems can heavy wind cause? How does a pilot land when thick fog reduces visibility? A pilot gives some insight into how poor weather affects flights.

Get S92 checked and back in the skies quickly, says BALPA

Tuesday 10 January 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has supported the decision to undertake immediate safety checks on S92 helicopters following an incident last month, but has urged the checks to be done as thoroughly and quickly as possible.

Pilots warn of further drone near-misses after reports more than double in 2016

Friday 06 January 2017

Pilots have cautioned that 2017 could see even more close calls involving drones and aircraft – or perhaps even a collision – as figures show reports increased by more than double on the previous year.

Statement on OSM Aviation and ITF Memorandum of Understanding

Friday 06 January 2017

BALPA is pleased that OSM Aviation and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Pilots back proposed drones consultation

Wednesday 21 December 2016

A consultation on drone safety was announced today by the Department for Transport and the move has been welcomed by pilots.

Pilots welcome Scottish air passenger duty cut but say 'rest of UK must follow'

Friday 16 December 2016

The announcement from the Scottish government committing to halving air passenger duty by 2021 is seen as a welcome move to pilots.

BALPA says pilots are generally healthy and well-balanced

Thursday 15 December 2016

The British Airline Pilots’ Association, which represents almost 10,000 UK pilots, has responded to a survey of airline pilots released today.

Airline pilot wins major legal victory on fatigue

Tuesday 13 December 2016

An airline captain and member of the British Airline Pilots’ Association has accepted an apology from an airline after being sanctioned for refusing to fly due to fatigue.

London School of Economics survey reveals pilots feel fatigue ‘not taken seriously’ by airlines

Wednesday 07 December 2016

A study of 7,200 pilots across Europe on safety culture, the largest ever conducted, has shown more than half of pilots lack confidence in the safety culture within their airline.

Pilots disappointed at delay on air passenger duty decision

Thursday 24 November 2016

Pilots have expressed disappointment that any government decision on scrapping air passenger duty has been pushed until after Britain’s exit from the EU.

Pilots call on government to remove ‘unfair’ air passenger duty

Friday 18 November 2016

Pilots have joined MPs in urging the government to do away with air passenger duty in next week’s Autumn Statement.

Statement on reported drone near miss

Thursday 17 November 2016

A statement from BALPA on a reported drone near miss incident

How dangerous are birdstrikes? A pilot explains

Thursday 17 November 2016

A British pilot explains just how dangerous a bird strike might be to an aircraft.

BALPA statement on lasers

Tuesday 15 November 2016

A statement from the British Airline Pilots’ Association in response to the story on an air ambulance being targeted in a laser attack

UK pilots welcome EU drones regulation

Monday 14 November 2016

Pilots have welcomed the announcement of an update to EU civil aviation safety rules to address the emerging risks of drones.

easyJet pilots vote to accept company offer on pilot fatigue issue

Tuesday 01 November 2016

easyJet pilots have voted by 68% to 32% to accept the latest proposal put forward by the company, therefore bringing to an end the potential for industrial action.

Statement from BALPA on the departure of Flybe CEO

Wednesday 26 October 2016

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, gave a statement on today's announcement that Flybe CEO Saad Hammad will be leaving the airline. 

Pilots welcome Heathrow expansion decision

Tuesday 25 October 2016

UK pilots have welcomed the Government’s “long overdue” indication of its preference to expand Heathrow.

Statement from BALPA on the delay to Heathrow expansion decision

Wednesday 19 October 2016

BALPA's General Secretary, Brian Strutton, responded to the announcement of further delays to the decision on expansion at Heathrow.

Monarch investment signals bright future ahead

Wednesday 12 October 2016

BALPA welcomes the announcement of significant investment in Monarch by its shareholders and the renewal of its ATOL licence by the CAA. 

easyJet pilots industrial action suspended

Friday 23 September 2016

easyJet and BALPA have today discussed a set of proposals to mitigate pilot fatigue which will be put to pilots in a consultative ballot.

easyJet pilots vote for industrial action, but will consider new company offer

Wednesday 21 September 2016

BALPA members in easyJet have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in a dispute over pilot fatigue.

Pilots call for greater safety in the skies at TUC

Wednesday 14 September 2016

The increase in laser attacks on pilots and drones near-misses with planes at UK airports has prompted pilots to call on aviation authorities for a greater commitment to improving regulation.

Drones must be safe - Joint Statement

Monday 05 September 2016

European aviation stakeholders are warning that the safety risks of drone operations may be seriously underestimated and deserve urgent attention

UK aviation industry should be priority in post-Brexit talks

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Pilots are calling on the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to bring certainty to the UK aviation industry following the vote for Brexit.

Recruit pilots to prevent delays, say Norwegian pilots

Tuesday 05 July 2016

Pilots at the airline Norwegian, say they believe a spate of delays and cancellations is the result of poor planning and a lack of pilot recruitment at the airline.  

New General Secretary gets to work

Thursday 02 June 2016

The new General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association has said he is looking forward to representing the piloting profession.

Pilots celebrate unlikely radical

Wednesday 01 June 2016

The man who rallied pilots to form the UK’s first pilots’ union has been hailed as a radical hero in a new exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Manchester this month.

Pilots welcome Queen's Speech promise of new drone laws

Wednesday 18 May 2016

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government will introduce new regulations on drones in a forthcoming Modern Transport Bill.

End mental health stigma, say pilots

Sunday 13 March 2016

The French accident investigation authorities have today released their report in to the crash of Germanwings 4U 9525.

Brian Strutton appointed BALPA General Secretary

Monday 07 March 2016

Brian Strutton has been appointed as the next General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association

Laser incident shows more action is needed

Monday 15 February 2016

The crew of Virgin Atlantic flight VS25 bound for New York took the decision to return to Heathrow after reportedly being attacked with a laser shortly after take off.

Helicopter pilots to work with other offshore unions

Monday 08 February 2016

BALPA has joined forces with other offshore worker unions to form the Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) in response to ongoing North Sea economic downturn.

Serious drone near misses prompt warning from pilots

Friday 29 January 2016

Pilots say a spate of serious near misses involving drones highlights the need for urgent action to integrate them in to airspace safely and prevent a collision with other aircraft.