Pilots at budget airline BMIBaby are to be balloted on strikes in a row over pay, threatening travel chaos at airports around the August Bank Holiday, it emerged yesterday.
The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said its members at BMIBaby, the low-frills division of BMI, will vote on whether to stage a campaign of industrial action.
The union also gave the company seven days' notice that pilots at the main BMI airline, as well as its regional arm, would also be balloted unless the dispute was resolved.
The rows are separate but all include opposition from the union to the imposition of a 2.4 per cent pay rise.
Other areas of conflict include plans to increase pension contributions from ten to 18.5 per cent which Balpa said would be the highest in the aviation industry.
The result of the BMIBaby ballot will be known in mid-August and the union warned that any industrial action would hit airports around the busy Bank Holiday weekend.
In April, BMI posted a huge jump in annual profits. The carrier, headquartered near Nottingham East Midlands Airport, said 2005 pretax profits came in at £10 million, a 284.6 per cent jump.