Sep 13, 2019
British Airways has no easy route out of pilot pay dispute
His experience - he was once a former pilot union negotiator - may be needed as BA, the main profit driver in IAG's group of airlines, is embroiled in its most serious labour dispute with pilots in its history. "We do know historically Willie Walsh isn't one to roll over in the face of pilot demands," said Mark Simpson, an aviation analyst at Goodbody. A pilot strike in 2014 resulted in a profit warning and a sharp share price fall. The British Airline Pilots' Association, the union representing the majority of BA's pilots, has warned there will be further walkouts if the carrier does not return to the negotiating table, which could potentially last until Christmas. Although Mr Walsh has previously stated that the pilot dispute was a matter for Alex Cruz, BA's chief executive and chairman, and his team to resolve, analysts pointed to the fact that the experience of the wider IAG team would be critical.
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