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Aer Arran's Isle of Man-to-Dublin pilots' strikes 'averted'

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Pilots' union IMPACT said 91% of members voted in favour of industrial action.

Strikes set to affect flights between the Isle of Man and Dublin have been averted after talks between airline management and pilot's union, IMPACT.

Aer Arran pilots had previously voted in favour of industrial action in a long-running pay dispute.

An airline spokesman said the strikes, planned for 20, 21, 24 and 25 August will now not take place.

He added: "It is business as usual, all flights across the airline's 27 routes will operate as scheduled."

Aer Arran operates daily regional flights from the island to the Irish Republic, on behalf of Aer Lingus.

A spokesman from IMPACT said: "The proposed agreement re-establishes pay scale progression, which had been suspended in 2008, and establishes a retention bonus for pilots who commenced employment before 22nd July 2012 and who remain with Aer Arann after June 2014.

"The outcome also addresses pilots' concerns about management's willingness to seriously address the pay issue and paves the way to reconvene the pilot pay tribunal in 2014."

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