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Pilots working for easyJet, the number-one carrier operating at Nice Airport, are considering strike action in October. A ballot is currently taking place among members of the UK pilots’ union, Balpa, who work at the low-cost carrier.
The results of the poll will be known on September 21, the union has said. Balpa claims that the dispute with easyJet concerns high levels of fatigue, and nothing else. Balpa told pilots in its letter that “we have been forced to take such extreme measures”. The union added: “The core issue of the dispute is that fatigue has risen year-on-year, to levels pilots and Balpa find unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, the airline has said in a statement that it was “committed to finding a resolution to the issues raised”, and added that pilots’ workloads are set by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. If pilots vote in favour of industrial action, strikes could take place at any time after the ballot closes.
Italy, the first European country hit hard by the Covid pandemic, has cautiously reopened borders for the first time since mid-March amid an encouraging slowing of infection rates and death tolls.
A new site called Travel-Map has been launched showing real-time summaries of which borders are open and which are still closed during deconfinement, making it easier for travellers to plan summer trips.
Nice Côte d’Azur is set to reopen flights to nine European cities in June as the airport initiates a progressive resumption of flights within the week.
EasyJet has begun offering flights between the UK and Nice from 15th June, starting with a tentative schedule of three flights a week to Gatwick only, ahead of a more normal schedule in July.