Easyjet summer flights canceled and passengers warned of ‘next steps’

EasyJet pilots have turned down a pay rise as summer travel chaos intensifies. Easyjet, which is rivaled by Ryanair, TUI, Jet2 and more, could face flight cancellations and chaos after pilots rejected a pay rise, which could lead to industrial action.

Pilots at the airline rejected a deal that would see their wages increased to almost £200,000 a year. A source told the Sun newspaper this weekend after the talks collapsed: “Balpa has already informed members about strike action.”

Summer holiday chaos now looks more likely as easyJet pilots have rejected a huge pay rise – and will threaten to strike if the deal is not improved, the tabloid reports ahead of the spring and summer season.

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The insider continued, adding to the Sun: “They hold all the cards and the airline knows it. Oxen must find even more money for pilots, otherwise the planes will not get off the ground this summer and holidaymakers will have to deal with travel pain.”

Union boss Amy Leversidge said: “Balpa pilots at easyJet have rejected the latest pay offer in a vote with a 94% turnout and a no vote of 56.4. We have informed the company of the outcome of the vote and asked to meet to discuss the way forward.”

EasyJet said: “We are disappointed that the outcome of the vote on the pilot pay deal fell just short of the required 50%. We will meet with Balpa in the coming days to discuss next steps.”

Captains with ten years earn £163,589 and the proposed deal would have seen that figure rise to £190,000 in October and almost £200,000 in April. Senior first officers would have been given a further £20,000 to earn £112,879 a year, while first officers’ annual salary would have risen to £75,446.