By Marcus Leach

The threat of strike action by Virgin Atlantic pilots has been averted after their union, Balpa, said it was lifting the threat of strike action.

A new offer from the airline has been taken to the pilots by Balpa, which will be presented to the pilots in the coming weeks.

Whilst details of the new deal have not been revealed the news will come as a major relief with the UK summer holidays approaching.

"Pilots have never wished to inconvenience the travelling public, especially those looking forward to summer holidays. We have therefore lifted the threat of strike action," Balpa general secretary Jim McAuslan said.

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