Pilots accept pay deal

Pilots working for Manchester-based
Air 2000 have voted to accept a new pay deal negotiated by their union Balpa
(the British Airline Pilots’ Association).

They voted 95 to 58 to accept an
increase of 2.9 per cent, to be backdated to January 1 this year and for a
second increase on January 1 2004 of inflation plus 0.5 per cent.

Jim McAuslan, general secretary of
Balpa, said: “It was a hard-won deal, given the state of the industry at the
moment.

"I would like to pay tribute to
the support of our pilots in Air 2000, without which this successful outcome
could not have been achieved.”

By
Ben Willmott

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