This year is predicted to be the busiest-ever summer for holidays abroad, Britain’s pilots are warning that they are being pushed to the limit.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) says “demanding schedules, lax controls of pilots’ hours of duty and a failure to recruit adequate numbers of pilots” comprise a potential threat to passenger safety.
BALPA’s General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “Pilots are working incredibly hard to ensure passengers get to their destinations without delays or cancellations. Pilots want their companies to be successful and profitable and are putting in the hard work to keep up with summer demand.
But no one wants pilots at the controls when they are tired. That’s why we are campaigning across the aviation industry to make sure the pilot duty time rules are properly adhered to so that pilots get the rest they need.”