Approximately 4,500 BA pilots belong toÂ the union and nine out of ten union members took part in the vote – with 93% voting in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay.
After the unionâs strong mandate for a stoppage, BA tried to get an injunction against a strike in the High Court, on the basis that the there were âflaws in the balloting processâ.
But last week in the High Court, Mrs Justice ElisabethÂ LaingÂ said the ballot and the publication of the result had been carried out legally. BA appealed the decision which was once again rejected by the court.
A spokesperson for British Airways who have tried all manner of ways via the courts to stop the proposed strike said: âWe are disappointed that the pilotsâ union, BALPA has chosen to threaten the holidays of thousands of our customers this summer with unprecedented strike action.â
Â BALPA said no strike will be called immediately as talks with British Airways will resume at at the offices of the conciliation service, ACAS.