24Hr emergency line +44 (0)20 8476 4099
Join Balpa

Recruit pilots to prevent delays, say Norwegian pilots

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.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association says pilots are predicting further disruption for passengers this summer if busy schedules, demanding rosters and insufficient recruitment is not addressed.

Last weekend around 18 Norwegian flights were cancelled abroad and domestically with some passengers left having to make their own alternative arrangements.

Pilots dispute the airlines claims that the problems were partly caused by crew sickness. They believe the real problem is a lack of forward planning with not enough pilots being taken on to cover the busy summer months.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association is urging the airline to look at its numbers urgently and ensure rosters and schedules do not lead to pilot fatigue.

BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said:

“Pilots at Norwegian are flying their socks off to ensure the travelling public get to their destinations at one of the busiest times of the year.

“We believe the airline managements have got their numbers wrong when it comes to pilot recruitment.

“BALPA will be speaking to Norwegian to ask them to look at their numbers and to put systems in place to ensure pilots do not become dangerously tired.“

“This is an issue that is affecting a number of airlines as we progress though one of the busiest periods of travel in the year.

“BALPA predicted the problem and has already warned airlines that it needs to be addressed. We will continue to monitor the situation and will be speaking to airlines to ask what’s gone wrong.”