British Airways, union agree pay deal: sources

British Airways and its pilot's union agree on a pay deal to settle dispute between the two that resulted in a pilot strike in September.

In this file photo taken on September 13, 2019 Passengers wait for their flights at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 in west London. (AFP Photo)

British Airways and its pilots' union BALPA have reached an agreement to end a pay dispute that resulted in the first walkout by pilots in the airline's history, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

BALPA had written to members saying it had struck a deal with BA over pilot pay and urged members to vote to accept the deal, the source said.

"We welcome this positive step," a BA spokeswoman said.

The airline also offered improvements to working conditions, rostering and flight bonuses, the report added.

British Airways pilots went on strike for 48 hours in September, grounding 1,700 flights in a dispute.

BA, part of International Consolidated Airlines Group , said in September that the strikes had cost it 137 million euros ($151 million).

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