by Associated Press | September 19, 2019
LONDON (AP) - British Airways pilots have called off a planned 24-hour strike in their dispute with the airline over pay. Members of the British Airline Pilots' Association were due to walk out on Sept. 27.

The union said Wednesday that a 48-hour strike earlier this month had demonstrated the "anger and resolve of pilots." But general secretary Brian Strutton said "now is the time for cool heads and pragmatism."

The first strike forced the airline to cancel almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting almost 200,000 travelers.

BA offered pilots an 11.5 percent pay raise over three years, but differences remain over pilots' demand for a bigger share of the company's profits. The union charges that British Airways is making big profits at the expense of workers who made sacrifices during hard times.

At the time of the first strike, union leader Brian Strutton said pilots are determined to be heard. "They've previously taken big pay cuts to help the company through hard times. Now BA is making billions of pounds of profit, its pilots have made a fair, reasonable and affordable claim for pay and benefits."

BA's parent company, IAG, made a net profit of US$3.2 billion last year. The carrier operates up to 850 flights a day.