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EasyJet pilots 'fatigue' strike suspended, union says

The pilots union has suspended industrial action. Credit: PA

Industrial action by easyJet pilots has been suspended while new proposals on tackling fatigue are being considered, the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said.

Some 2,000 pilots at the budget airline were balloted over concerns that rising levels of fatigue risked "serious health and safety concerns".

However, in last minute talks proposals to mitigate pilot fatigue have been put on the table.

A statement said: "As a result, while this proposal is being consulted on by Balpa members, we are suspending serving strike notice on the company."

Brian Strutton, Balpa's general secretary, said it did not mean the dispute was over but said it was right to suspend the action as they consult their members.

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EasyJet cancels 145 flights as French strike continues

EasyJet said it was "disappointed" at the industrial action in France. Credit: Reuters

The airline easyJet has currently cancelled 145 flights because of a strike by air traffic controllers in France.

The company said that 40 of the cancelled flights on Monday affect UK flights.

It added that it was "disappointed" at what it called "unnecessary strike action" which has affected many passengers and airlines across Europe.

EasyJet said that those meant to be travelling on Monday should check their flight status.

The company said it was trying to minimise disruption to passengers caused by the strike.

Although this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial actio

– easyJet

Ryanair cancels over 200 flights due to French strike

Ryanair has cancelled over 200 flights because of a strike in France by air traffic controllers.

The airline was critical of what it called the "selfish" actions of the ATC unions that led to the cancellation and delays of flights across Europe.

It urged passengers to sign its petition - Keep Europe Skies Open - which calls on the European Commission and European Parliament to protect Europe from what it called "repeated blackmail and disruption" by ATC unions.

It says it has contacted all affected customers by email and SMS text message with their options: a full refund, rebooking on to the next available flight or rebooking onto an alternative route.

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