Pilots urge airlines to take up an apprenticeship scheme to help end the scandal of training costs

Thursday 06 February 2020

As part of National Apprenticeship Week (3-7th Feb) BALPA is challenging the Government and airlines to fully implement an apprenticeship scheme for pilots that would help remove financial barriers and open up the career to a more diverse population.

Pilots welcome plan to cut aviation net carbon emissions to zero by 2050

Tuesday 04 February 2020

BALPA welcomes the commitment by the aviation industry to cut carbon emmisions.

Brexit: There is no WTO default for aviation so UK Government and EU should settle a deal now to give clarity and certainty to citizens and business

Monday 03 February 2020

BALPA (The British Airline Pilots Association) is urging the EU and UK negotiating teams to come to an early agreement on aviation in the forthcoming talks. During the post-Brexit transition period to the end of 2020 the UK and EU must negotiate new trading arrangements or default to WTO rules. However, there are no WTO rules for aviation and so both the UK and EU must reach a deal for aviation whatever else is happening.

New study shows drone presence in controlled airspace is underestimated, say pilots

Monday 27 January 2020

As the Unmanned Aircraft Bill goes before parliament for a second reading, The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) says new European research backs BALPA’s concern that the number of drone flights in controlled airspace is being underestimated.

BALPA responds to news of a rescue package for Flybe

Tuesday 14 January 2020

BALPA welcomes news of a rescue package for Flybe.

If Flybe didn’t exist, it would have to be invented, says pilots’ union

Monday 13 January 2020

BALPA has called on the Government to do whatever it takes to ensure Flybe carries on connecting the nations and regions of the UK.

BALPA demands immediate talks on the future of Flybe

Monday 13 January 2020

The British Airline Pilots Association representing all Flybe pilots has reacted angrily over reports that secret talks have been going on over the future of Flybe and up to 1,500 jobs.

BALPA welcomes UK Government advisory to avoid Iraq and Iran airspace

Friday 10 January 2020

BALPA has welcomed the publication of a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) by the Department for Transport advising airlines not to enter Iraqi or Iranian airspace. We expect all UK airlines to follow that advice.

BA pilots vote to settle pay dispute

Monday 16 December 2019

A ballot of British Airways pilots closed today following the dispute over pay and terms and conditions.
Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) employed by BA voted nearly 9 to 1 to accept the final agreement which was proposed by ACAS and recommended by BALPA and its BA reps.

BALPA welcomes Jet2 as it gets ‘on board’ with its maternity pay campaign

Monday 25 November 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) is urging airlines to take a leaf out of Jet2’s book and respond to the Baby on Board campaign by implementing enhancements to maternity pay and provisions for parents. 

Drone registration scheme will help improve safety, say UK pilots

Tuesday 05 November 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association has welcomed the CAA’s (Civil Aviation Authority) drone registration scheme, which comes into effect today, saying it hopes the new rules will help to improve airspace safety.

BALPA response to Home Office counter-drone strategy

Monday 21 October 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has welcomed the latest announcement from the Government on its counter-drone strategy.

Little comfort for Thomas Cook staff in executives’ select committee answers.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association says answers given today by former Thomas Cook managers during a hearing of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee, will have done little to comfort the staff who lost their jobs. 

BALPA welcomes TUI announcement of jobs for ex-Thomas Cook Pilots

Thursday 10 October 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association has welcomed today’s announcement from TUI.

Thomas Cook staff not getting paid for work done. BALPA Gen Sec. "This is disgraceful"

Monday 30 September 2019

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton says it "is disgraceful" that Thomas Cook employees have not been paid for work done up until the company went into liquidation on Monday 23rd September.

BA laying profit warning blame with pilots ‘disingenuous’ says BALPA

Thursday 26 September 2019

According to today’s profit warning by IAG, British Airways lost £120m as a result of strike action which they could have avoided for £5m; not allowing for the huge cost of disruption to passengers and freight users.

Thomas Cook German subsidiary rescued while UK staff and holiday makers suffer

Wednesday 25 September 2019

BALPA has learnt that Condor, the wholly owned German airline subsidiary of Thomas Cook, is being given six months financing by its Government to secure its own rescue deal. Despite its parent and UK subsidiaries going into liquidation on Monday morning, Condor was given £350m capital to continue to operate.

BALPA responds to news of Thomas Cook collapse

Monday 23 September 2019

BALPA responds to news of Thomas Cook collapse

Questions asked about why German Thomas Cook airline still flying while UK airline immediately grounded

Monday 23 September 2019

BALPA questions how the German airline Condor, part of the Thomas Cook group, is able to keep flying while the UK airline has been immediately grounded.

Government needs to insist bailed-out banks don't pull the plug on Thomas Cook

Friday 20 September 2019

BALPA calls on Government to insist bailed-out banks don't pull the plug on Thomas Cook

Ryanair pilots take the moral highground

Friday 20 September 2019

Pilots take the moral highgound in their dispute with Ryanair by calling off five days of strike action

Ryanair reverts to type and starts threatening pilots with withdrawal of benefits

Thursday 19 September 2019

UK Ryanair pilots have been told by the airline that benefits will be removed should they take part in current strike action, which started yesterday.

Shareholders at Ryanair AGM should question airline over industrial strategy, say disgruntled pilots

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ryanair’s UK pilots say they want shareholders to take the airline to task over the abysmal approach to industrial relations which has led to continued unrest amongst its pilot workforce.

BA pilots take the initiative and call off strike on 27th September

Wednesday 18 September 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association has today called off the next strike scheduled for 27th September in the dispute between British Airways and its pilots.

BALPA supports Thomas Cook’s future plan for airline

Tuesday 17 September 2019

BALPA has reiterated its support for Thomas Cook management’s plans to sell its airline business to the Chinese company, Fosun.

Irresponsible and inconsiderate of BA to cancel flights rather than negotiate

Thursday 12 September 2019

We understand that BA has started cancelling its operations on the 27th of September today outside of the 14 day window to avoid having to compensate affected passengers.

Pilot strike proves need for fresh negotiations to avert further action

Tuesday 10 September 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association says the two-day strike action (Monday 9th September to Tuesday 10th September 2019) has been a powerful demonstration of the strength of feeling of BA pilots.

British Airways must listen to its pilots, says BALPA

Monday 09 September 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association reports that strike action was supported virtually 100% in a dispute over pay and benefits.

British Airways pilots stand firm in strike message to managers

Sunday 08 September 2019

British Airways pilots will take strike action tomorrow in a clear message to the company’s managers that they will not be fobbed off in their dispute over pay and benefits.

BALPA could call off strike if airline agrees to negotiate on new proposal

Thursday 05 September 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association says it could call off proposed strikes set for 9th and 10th September if British Airways agrees to come back to the negotiating table.

UK Ryanair pilots announce a further seven days of strikes

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Ryanair members of the British Airline Pilots Association have announced further strike dates following the company’s refusal to seek conciliation talks at ACAS to resolve the dispute.

BALPA clarifies position following BA's claim of talks

Thursday 29 August 2019

BALPA has corrected BA’s spin that there are talks planned with its pilots’ union to settle the current pay dispute. There are currently NO talks planned.

BA pilots to strike in September

Friday 23 August 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has today given notice to British Airways that it will call on its members to strike on 9th, 10th and 27th September 2019.

Ryanair Pilots walk out in strong message to management

Thursday 22 August 2019

Ryanair pilots down tools in long running dispute

BALPA wins at High Court but offers Ryanair a way forward

Wednesday 21 August 2019

The High Court today heard Ryanair’s attempt to stop pilots employed by them in the UK from taking strike action as planned tomorrow and Friday [22nd and 23rd August] as well as from 2nd to 4th September.

Ryanair reject BALPA olive branch – Strike will go ahead

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Following their victory in the High Court earlier today, BALPA offered an olive branch to Ryanair as a way of moving forward - a framework to allow constructive negotiations to take place which, if agreed by Ryanair, would avoid the need for strikes.

Ryanair has blown the chance of finding a resolution before this week’s strike action, says BALPA

Monday 19 August 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association has said that because Ryanair has wasted time with unnecessary court action, their chance to resolve the dispute involving their pilots has been lost. Instead Ryanair is relying on legal technicalities to try to persuade the High Court to block the strike.

Ryanair bully boy tactics puts travel plans at risk

Friday 16 August 2019

Pilots union BALPA says Ryanair intends to drag their current pilot dispute into the courts, rather than the negotiating room, as they seek an injunction to stop pilots striking next week.

BALPA calls on Ryanair to attend ACAS talks to resolve current pilot dispute

Thursday 15 August 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has called on Ryanair management to meet for conciliation talks at ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to resolve the current dispute with its pilots.

UK Ryanair pilots set strike dates

Wednesday 07 August 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has today set strike dates for UK-based Ryanair pilots following an industrial action ballot which closed today.

Tribute paid to BA Valencia incident pilots and crew

Tuesday 06 August 2019

BALPA praises the professional job done by the pilots and crew of BA 422 which was involved in the incident in Valencia yesterday.

BALPA to continue talks with British Airways next week

Friday 02 August 2019

Talks between BALPA and BA to resume next week

Pilots defeat British Airways’ legal challenge

Wednesday 31 July 2019

The Court of Appeal has rejected British Airways’ attempt to injunct BALPA’s proposed industrial action on a technicality. The legality of BALPA’s ballot has been affirmed.

BALPA welcomes court victory

Tuesday 23 July 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association has said it is pleased it has successfully defended an application for a High Court injunction brought against it by British Airways in relation to its strike ballot of members.

BA pilots vote strongly for strike action

Monday 22 July 2019

BALPA’s industrial action ballot members in British Airways has now closed, with a 93% vote in favour of industrial action on a 90% turnout.

BALPA to ballot Ryanair members for possible industrial action. 

Wednesday 17 July 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), announces it will be balloting its members for possible industrial action.

Pilots union BALPA welcomes Thomas Cook restructuring announcement and calls on government to support the plan

Friday 12 July 2019

Pilots union BALPA welcomes Thomas Cook restructuring announcement and calls on government to support the plan

CHC Scotia helicopter pilots vote for industrial action

Tuesday 07 May 2019

North Sea helicopter pilots employed by CHC Scotia have today voted in favour of taking industrial action in a dispute over pay.

Manchester to host prestigious pilots meeting

Monday 29 April 2019

BALPA celebrates winning bid to host prestigious meeting of the world’s piloting community.

Rosters in Jet2 “unsustainable”, says pilots union

Tuesday 02 April 2019

Jet2 members of pilots’ union British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) would like to see the airline recognise the need for improved work-life balance through fairer rostering patterns, rather than a pay rise.

Pilots await their date in court over pensions

Monday 01 April 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association has submitted an application for judicial review against the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Skyteam pilots support campaign for better pilot rest facilities in Virgin Atlantic, and send solidarity to sacked Avianca pilots

Friday 29 March 2019

  • Skyteam pilots support campaign for better pilot rest facilities in Virgin Atlantic, and send solidarity to sacked Avianca pilots
  • The Skyteam Pilots Association (SPA) meeting today in London has focussed on two vital issues – pilot rest in Virgin Atlantic, and support for dismissed pilots in Colombia.
  • The Skyteam Pilots Association is a coalition of 16 unions representing pilots in airline members of the Skyteam Alliance.

Pilots warn drone operators not to fall foul of new laws.

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Pilots remind drone operators about new laws that mean they could face jail if they fly too close to airports

BALPA responds to grounding of 737 Max aircraft

Tuesday 12 March 2019

BALPA has responded to the CAA's announcement on 737 Max aircraft.

Pilots union urges airlines to “put their money where their mouth is” to tackle the gender gap.

Friday 08 March 2019

As the world marks International Women's Day, The British Airline Pilots Association is urging the aviation industry to take immediate steps to tackle gender equality by supporting its campaign for better maternity pay for pilots.

BALPA response to the Government announcement on drones

Wednesday 20 February 2019

BALPA response to the Government announcement on drones

New pilot apprenticeship scheme set for take-off

Tuesday 19 February 2019

BALPA welcomes the first ever apprenticeship standard for commercial airline pilots in the UK.

BALPA responds to collapse of FlyBMI

Saturday 16 February 2019

A statement from The British Airline Pilots Association on the collapse of airline FlyBMI.

BALPA responds to Ryanair claim of smooth sailing with unions

Friday 15 February 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association has responded to a statement from Ryanair. 

British pilots launch campaign to end scandal of statutory maternity pay

Wednesday 06 February 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) is calling for airlines to encourage women in to the industry by improving maternity pay. BALPA says the current level of statutory maternity pay, offered by most airlines, is an obstacle that puts women off joining the profession.

Ryanair is threatening base closures to bully staff, says BALPA

Friday 18 January 2019

The British pilots association, BALPA, which represents Ryanair pilots in the UK, has accused the airline of using the threat of base closures to bully its staff.

Pilots union seeks urgent consultation with Flybe buyers

Friday 11 January 2019

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has responded to the announcement that airline Flybe has found a potential buyer, saying it now needs to meet the consortium behind it to get more information.

Safety must come first, says pilots’ union in wake of latest drone incident

Tuesday 08 January 2019

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has responded to the latest drone incident at Heathrow, which saw flights temporarily grounded.

Government changes to drone laws a win for flight safety, says BALPA

Monday 07 January 2019

Today’s announcement from Chris Grayling that drone restrictions zones around airports are to be increased, and police given extra powers to deal with the drone threat, has been welcomed by the UK pilots’ association.

BALPA issues advice on drones to pilots in the wake of the Gatwick incident

Friday 21 December 2018

BALPA gives pilots advice on avoiding drone collisions in the wake of the Gatwick incident

BALPA responds to Gatwick closure due to drone sightings

Thursday 20 December 2018

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has responded to reports that Gatwick has been closed due to multiple drone sightings.

Further statement on Gatwick drone incident from the British Airline Pilots’ Association

Thursday 20 December 2018

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton adds to comments on the Gatwick drone incident.

BALPA responds to O’Leary comments. 

Monday 17 December 2018

BALPA responds to comments from Michael O’Leary, CEO Ryanair, in the Times this weekend

“Don’t get done because of your drone this Christmas”, warn pilots.

Thursday 06 December 2018

With drones high on many christmas lists, Bristih pilots remind them of the dangers and consequences of flying irresponsibly

Unions team up to submit unprecedented joint pay claim to British Airways

Friday 30 November 2018

BA has allowed employees to become disconnected from airline’s success, say unions.

British pilot helps launch anti-slavery masterclass

Thursday 29 November 2018

Hear how pilots are at the forefront of a new masterclass aimed at tackling trafficking and modern slavery

Union vows to protect Flybe pilots

Wednesday 14 November 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has responded to the overnight news that Flybe has put itself up for sale with a strong message to any potential buyers.

BALPA response on pilot 'fear of flying' story

Monday 12 November 2018

BALPA has responded to misrepresented claims in the media that a Flybe pilot was dismissed for fear of flying. 

Pilots call for tougher drone laws in the wake of a serious near miss

Tuesday 23 October 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) says the Government should bring forward its programme of drone education and registration in the wake of a near miss over London that could have had disastrous consequences.

BALPA responds to Ryanair claim that deal has been agreed

Friday 19 October 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has today (Friday 19th October) responded to a statement from Eddie Wilson of Ryanair, saying that the airline had signed an agreement with BALPA on seniority and base transfer agreement.

Pilots’ union welcomes news on Gatwick increased capacity plan

Monday 15 October 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has responded to the news that Gatwick plans to use its emergency runway to increase capacity.

Pilots’ union warns politicians of the dangers of ‘sleeping on the job’ when it comes to fatigue culture

Monday 15 October 2018

Pilots’ union warns politicians of the dangers of ‘sleeping on the job’ when it comes to fatigue culture

BALPA welcomes Government’s aviation no-deal Brexit guidance, which gives grounds for confidence, but airs concerns over administrative burden

Monday 24 September 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) says new Government guidance for the aviation industry published today on what would happen in a no-deal Brexit has brought some much-needed clarity.

Aspiring pilots face double the debt of university students, warns BALPA.

Friday 21 September 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) is highlighting difficulties aspiring pilots have in funding their training.

Pilots’ union BALPA calls for Ryanair bosses to step down ahead of airline’s AGM

Wednesday 19 September 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association, the recognised union for pilots employed by Ryanair in the UK, has made a statement on behalf of the pilots it represents urging the airline’s shareholders to replace CEO Michael O’Leary and Chairman David Bonderman.

TUC supports organising campaign at Ryanair

Monday 10 September 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has received the support of Congress in response to the organising campaign by pilots and other staff at Ryanair.

Pilots welcome extending stop and search powers to help tackle laser and drone crime

Sunday 09 September 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has responded to the Government announcement on increased stop and search powers for police, which includes a focus to help to tackle laser attacks on aircraft and those flying drones irresponsibly near airfields.

On A-level day, pilots’ union calls for measures to turn great A-levels into great careers; like being a pilot

Thursday 16 August 2018

BALPA calls on the Government and aviation industry to put in place measures to help turn great A-levels into great careers; like being a pilot.

Pilots call on Government to change unfair tax rules

Tuesday 07 August 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association is calling for the Government to change tax rules in relation to self-funded, work-related training that it says are no longer fit for the modern economy. 

Pilots and public put Concorde in the number one spot in BALPA’s Aircraft World Cup.

Tuesday 31 July 2018

We reveal who won in BALPA's Aircraft World Cup.

Pilots call for Government to strengthen unsafe drone law

Monday 30 July 2018

Pilots are urging the Government to strengthen new drone laws that come in to force today, saying the restrictions don’t go far enough to eliminate the threat of a serious collision. 

UK pilots’ association calls for more investment in new technology and end to ‘irresponsible speculation’ following release of MH370 report

Monday 30 July 2018

Following the release today of the final report on the mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has said that this should put to bed all the unfair speculation around the role of the pilots and also urged the industry to invest in new technology.

Concorde and 747 in battle to win Aircraft World Cup

Friday 27 July 2018

The battle is on as the 747 takes on Concorde in the Aircraft World Cup hosted by the British Airline Pilots’ Association.

Pilots respond to Government announcement on drones

Thursday 26 July 2018

The British Airline Pilots' Association responds to the news the Government is to consult on new measures to prevent the misuse of drones.

Pilots urge passengers to be mindful of alcohol consumption during peak air travel day

Thursday 26 July 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) warns passengers to not get carried away with their pre-flight drinks as the busiest day of the year for UK air travel approaches. 

BALPA responds to Ryanair statement on Irish pilot dispute

Wednesday 25 July 2018

BALPA General Secretary, Brian Strutton, comments on today’s announcement from Ryanair that they intend to reduce their Dublin based fleet by 20%.

UK pilots’ union responds with disappointment at Monarch insolvency review

Thursday 12 July 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has responded to the publication of the interim review into the Monarch Airlines insolvency, saying it is disappointed staff haven’t been considered.

Disable and dump: pilots advise public as new laser laws go live

Tuesday 10 July 2018

BALPA warns the public to take note of new laser laws which could leave them facing jail time if caught using the devices irresponsibly

Pilots warn laser users they could inadvertently break new law

Sunday 10 June 2018

British pilots are reminding the public that in just one-month new laws will mean they could face jail if they shine a laser at an aircraft. 

BALPA response to Heathrow Expansion announcement

Tuesday 05 June 2018

Pilots have welcomed the Government’s announcement on Heathrow Airport expansion today. 

Pilots recognise announcement of new drone laws, but says Government must go further

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Pilots have responded with alarm to the announcement of new laws on drones, saying they’re pleased the Government is taking steps but the restrictions need to go much further to make the use of drones near airports safe.

How to avoid a drone collision – guidance issued to pilots and air traffic control

Tuesday 22 May 2018

In response to the rise in drone near-misses, UK pilot and air traffic control bodies have worked together to create guidance in avoiding collision.

BALPA helps pilots take their next career step

Monday 14 May 2018

Over 400 pilots are expected to attend Flight Crew Futures on Wednesday, where BALPA will be giving expert advice to pilots who are looking for work or considering a career move. 

New measures to tackle the misuse of lasers gain Royal Assent

Thursday 10 May 2018

Following BALPA's ongoing campaign to tackle laser misuse, we have today received welcome news that the new Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act has been given Royal Assent.

This means the new laws will come into force and give police more powers to catch those who shine lasers at aircraft and tougher punishments for those caught. 

BALPA and CAE Crewing Services sign recognition agreement

Tuesday 10 April 2018

BALPA has secured a recognition agreement with CAE Crewing Services to provide representation to the company’s UK SAS pilots. 

BALPA launches a bid to host a major pilot conference in Manchester

Friday 16 March 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has today launched its bid to host an international conference for the world’s pilots in Manchester in 2021.

Pilots’ association says gender shouldn’t be a barrier to becoming a pilot

Thursday 08 March 2018

The UK pilots’ association has said that the only thing that should matter for wannabe pilots is ability, not gender, background or financial situation. 

BALPA response to Ryanair announcement on Glasgow base closure

Tuesday 27 February 2018

BALPA has called for reassurances from Ryanair that all Glasgow based pilots will receive preferential access to relocate when their base closes later this year. 

BALPA signs union recognition agreement with Ryanair

Tuesday 30 January 2018

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) and Ryanair have concluded and signed a voluntary trade union recognition agreement.

Only one in ten pilots think Brexit will be positive for UK aviation

Tuesday 23 January 2018

The UK pilots’ association has revealed that a recent member survey has shown that only one in ten pilots think Brexit will have a positive impact on the UK aviation industry.

BALPA welcomes CAA’s move on ‘nonsensical’ HIV medical rules

Thursday 18 January 2018

BALPA has welcomed the announcement from the CAA that it will issue initial Class 1 Medical certificates to applicants with HIV, who want to become a commercial pilot. 

We must protect aviation safety culture, say pilots on crash anniversary

Wednesday 17 January 2018

10 years after British pilots averted a major catastrophe when their aircraft lost all engine power on its approach to Heathrow, pilots are highlighting the importance of thorough crash investigation.

Pilots welcome more good news on lasers from Government

Monday 08 January 2018

Tougher restrictions on the importation of high-powered laser pointers has been welcomed by the UK pilots’ association.

Pilots respond positively to 2017 air safety statistics

Wednesday 03 January 2018

Pilots have welcomed reports that 2017 was the safest year in history for commercial airlines and say they will continue to do all they can to ensure flight safety.  

Beware of poorly packed presents, say pilots

Thursday 21 December 2017

Pilots are reminding Christmas passengers to pack their presents with care to prevent dangerous lithium battery fires.

Pilots welcome new Bill addressing dangerous laser attacks on aircraft

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Tougher new laws are to be introduced to target those who use laser pens to attack transport operators, a move which has been welcomed by the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).

BALPA accepts Ryanair offer to discuss recognition

Friday 15 December 2017

BALPA has today written to Ryanair to accept their offer to discuss recognising BALPA as the representative union for all their UK-based pilots. 

Pilot medical rules on HIV and other conditions should be reviewed

Wednesday 13 December 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has called for a full review into medical restrictions for pilots, calling current limitations ‘outdated’.

Pilots repeat concerns following European Commission announcement that EU flights could cease to operate from UK

Tuesday 12 December 2017

The statement from the EU commission on the ability for UK flights to operate in Europe should no deal be reached is cause for great concern, says the UK pilots’ association.

Croydon tram crash demonstrates dangers of fatigue across transport industry

Thursday 07 December 2017

Final report on the 2016 Croydon tram crash serves as ‘a stark warning’ to the danger fatigue poses in transport.

BALPA welcomes more clarity on post-Brexit aviation regulation

Friday 01 December 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has cautiously welcomed reports that the Government intends the UK to remain under European safety standards post-Brexit.

BALPA welcomes AirTanker to the pilot family

Tuesday 28 November 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has welcomed recognition in AirTanker, bringing union representation to the pilots in the company. 

BALPA response to Government announcement on drones

Sunday 26 November 2017

BALPA is pleased the concerns of pilots about the risks of collisions with drones are being heeded at last. 

Monarch pilots raise questions about lost pay in reaction to Budget

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Following Philip Hammond’s Budget announcement of a review of airline insolvency arrangements to protect the public, pilots have raised concerns the proposals do not appear to include staff. 

BALPA response to Flybe emergency landing in Belfast

Friday 10 November 2017

A Flybe plane had to make an emergency landing this afternoon (Friday 10th November) at Belfast International Airport after a problem with the nose gear.

Pilots' union calls on Monarch Airlines owners and Government to pay staff

Monday 30 October 2017

Pilots’ union calls on Monarch Airlines owners and Government to pay sacked staff what they are owed

Monarch Airlines owners and Government urged to prioritise paying sacked staff what they are owed

Monday 30 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has today written to the Government and Greybull Capital, owners of Monarch Airlines that went into administration on 2nd October, to encourage the company to prioritise paying staff the money they are owed. 

BALPA consults Ryanair pilots about industrial action and legal challenges to agency employment

Thursday 26 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) representing over 10,000 pilots in the UK has launched a survey among Ryanair pilots in response to growing dissatisfaction with the company. 

Pilots' union welcomes further progress on Heathrow expansion

Tuesday 24 October 2017

BALPA has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it is outlining the next steps in the expansion of Heathrow. 

Pilots call for investigation in to aircraft air filters

Tuesday 17 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association is calling for regulators to ensure the development of effective cabin air filters onboard aircraft. 

UK pilots' association helping Monarch pilots find work

Monday 16 October 2017

BALPA has negotiated new job opportunities for former Monarch pilots, with 30 companies coming forward with over 100 opportunities.

BALPA says a Brexit ‘no deal’ would spell disaster for UK aviation

Tuesday 10 October 2017

BALPA comment on suggestions by the Prime Minister that a Brexit ‘no deal’ was now an option,

New agreement paves way for union recognition in a new UK SAS base

Tuesday 10 October 2017

CAE, BALPA and Unite the Union have jointly signed an agreement paving the way for union recognition in a new UK SAS base.

Pilots union calls for an investigation into the collapse of Monarch Airlines

Monday 09 October 2017

BALPA is calling on the government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the demise of Monarch Airlines and the role of the company’s former financial backers, the Mantegazza family and Greybull Capital. 

Reacting to the news Bristow Helicopters is to make 12 pilots redundant

Monday 09 October 2017

BALPA reaction to the news Bristow Helicopters is to make 12 pilots redundant

Ryanair letter to pilots shows O’Leary still doesn't get it

Friday 06 October 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has responded to a letter dated 5th October, sent by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary to all his pilots.

Strikes called off as pilots and Thomas Cook agree on arbitration deal

Thursday 05 October 2017

Thomas Cook and BALPA have agreed to enter binding arbitration to end the dispute between the company and its pilots over pay. 

Act now to prevent drone disaster, warn pilots after U.S helicopter collision

Thursday 05 October 2017

BALPA responds to reports of U.S helicopter collision with drone

'No' to arbitration vote could see more Thomas Cook pilot strikes go ahead

Wednesday 04 October 2017

The pilot vote on whether to take the dispute between Thomas Cook and its pilots to arbitration closes today.

Monarch staff given premium rate number to hear redundancy news

Wednesday 04 October 2017

BALPA has announced its intention to seek compensation on behalf of its members for the ‘shabby’ treatment of staff since the announcement of the company’s insolvency.

Pilots devastated over Monarch insolvency

Monday 02 October 2017

The announcement that Monarch Airlines has entered administration is devastating news for pilots. BALPA, which represents Monarch pilots, will be doing everything we can to support our members through this extremely difficult time.

BALPA consulting members on way forward in Thomas Cook

Wednesday 27 September 2017

BALPA statement: BALPA consulting members on way forward in Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook pilots’ union confirms strike tomorrow will go ahead following unsuccessful ACAS talks

Friday 22 September 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has confirmed that despite lengthy talks with Thomas Cook Airlines via ACAS, an agreement is yet to be reached and therefore Saturday’s strike action will go ahead.

Ryanair wrong over pilot fatigue

Thursday 21 September 2017

Michael O’Leary, the Chief Executive of Ryanair, today said that pilot fatigue as a result of flying in short-haul operations does not exist, and that pilots fly a maximum of 18 hours a week. On both points we believe he is wrong.

Encourage pilots to stay at Ryanair by making it a ‘career airline’ say UK pilots

Wednesday 20 September 2017

The UK pilots’ association has urged Ryanair to do more to encourage pilots to stay with the airline, following news of its pilot holiday chaos. 

New website helps potential pilots navigate career pitfalls

Wednesday 13 September 2017

BALPA welcomes a new website that aims to help aspiring pilots navigate the pitfalls of entering the career.

Government must scrap dangerous ‘light touch’ regulation, say pilots at TUC

Monday 11 September 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has raised concerns that the Governments movement towards ‘light touch’ regulation is inherently unsafe and puts public and employees at risk.

Thomas Cook strike goes ahead

Friday 08 September 2017

Thomas Cook pilots went on strike at 0300hrs on Friday 8th September, over year-on-year, real-terms pay cuts, cuts to terms and conditions and frustration with the company’s intransigent stance during negotiation. It is the first strike by British pilots in more than 40 years. 

Pilots' union in Thomas Cook dispute confirms ACAS talks and further strike dates

Friday 08 September 2017

Pilots at Thomas Cook stood firm during the first UK pilots’ strike in over 40 years today. BALPA has now announced five days of ACAS talks and three new strike dates should those talks fail. 

Pilots disappointed as BA seeks to pull plug on final salary pension scheme

Thursday 07 September 2017

British Airways pilots say they’re bitterly disappointed by the airline’s proposal to close the final salary pension scheme (New Airways Pension Scheme) to future accrual.

Thomas Cook pilot strike to go ahead as High Court challenge fails

Wednesday 06 September 2017

BALPA has successfully defended in the High Court the right of Thomas Cook pilots to take strike action, which is due begin at 0300 on Friday 8th September.

NHS care pathway to improve treatment of pilots and crew

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Pilots have welcomed a new NHS care pathway, which has been established to guide doctors on how to help pilots and crew who present with symptoms following ‘fume events’.  

Thomas Cook pilots plan to take strike action on 8th September in pay dispute

Monday 21 August 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has today authorised a strike in Thomas Cook Airlines following a ballot in which 91% of pilots voted to take action in a dispute over their 2017 pay negotiations. 

Pilots’ association warns of training cost barrier to aspiring pilots from less advantaged backgrounds

Wednesday 16 August 2017

As students across the country open their A-level results, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) is calling for the airline industry to ensure pilot selection is open to all and that those from less advantaged backgrounds are not put off.

Government crackdown on misuse of laser pointers

Saturday 12 August 2017

BALPA welcomes the Government's call for evidence in an effort to crack down on lasers. 

Summer schedules pushing pilots to the limits

Tuesday 01 August 2017

As pilots continue to ensure passengers get to their destinations during the record breaking busy summer season, BALPA is highlighting how demanding schedules are pushing the system to the limits.

Act now on proven drone collision threat say pilots

Saturday 22 July 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has responded to the publication on Saturday morning of the independent test results of drone collisions with aircraft.

Pilots express frustration at yet more delay to airport expansion plan

Thursday 13 July 2017

BALPA has expressed disappointment at the news the next stage in delivering a new runway in the South East has once again been delayed. 

Pilots say more must be done before drone causes aircraft disaster, following incident at Gatwick

Sunday 02 July 2017

Pilots say more must be done before drone causes aircraft disaster, following incident at Gatwick

Government drops new laws on dangerous laser pens – pilots say it’s infuriating and dangerous

Thursday 22 June 2017

Despite “dangerously high” figures on laser attacks on aircraft, the new Government has dropped plans to introduce tougher laws, a move which the UK pilots’ association says is “infuriating and dangerous”.

Pilots renew calls for swift decisions to protect UK aviation industry

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Pilots say politicians need to take urgent measures to ensure the UK aviation is able to compete with its rivals globally.  The calls for politicians to step up decision making come as we approach the anniversary of the UK voting to leave the European Union. 

Pilots urge Prime Minister to act swiftly to secure future of aviation

Tuesday 13 June 2017

UK pilots say now the election is over politicians must turn their attention to urgent decisions on issues which effect UK aviation.

British pilots urge EU transport ministers to stop the abuse of atypical aircrew employment

Wednesday 07 June 2017

The British Airline Pilots’ Association welcomes the upcoming EU Transport Ministers’ debate on the “Social dimension of the aviation industry” (08/06/2017) which will look at tackling problematic employment practices. 

Pilots call for careful assessment of laptop ban to US

Monday 15 May 2017

Proposed new US rules restricting personal electronic devices (PEDs) on board aircraft between Europe and the US may have a dangerous knock-on effect for other flight safety issues, the UK pilots’ association is warning.

Deregulation in European labour markets has led to rise in insecure work in aviation

Wednesday 10 May 2017

A study from the TUC into international trends in insecure work shows an increase in casual, zero-hours and agency contracts is on the rise in most European countries. 

Stigma around pilot mental health could push problem underground

Monday 08 May 2017

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) pilots have spoken out on proposed new rules that could increase stigma around mental health in the sector.

On World Pilots’ Day, UK pilots’ association says pilots do a great job but would not necessarily recommend it

Wednesday 26 April 2017

As pilots around the globe mark World Pilots’ Day today (26th April), the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) is highlighting the hard work and dedication of pilots facing the challenges of modern-day aviation.  

Statement on coastguard helicopter crash

Tuesday 14 March 2017

BALPA’s reaction statement to the coastguard helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland.

Pilots renew call for improved tracking on all aircraft on MH370 three-year anniversary

Wednesday 08 March 2017

Today marks the three-year anniversary of one of the most high-profile aviation mysteries of all time – the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 

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.

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.

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.

Statement on reported drone near miss

Thursday 17 November 2016

A statement from BALPA on a reported drone near miss incident

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.