Eight days of strikes by Thomas Cook pilots have been called off.

Thomas Cook and the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) have agreed to enter binding arbitration to end the dispute between the company and its pilots over pay.

As a result the strike proposed for this Friday (Oct 6) , and the three-day strike from October 12 and four-day strike from October 19, have been called off.

The pilots have already held one 12-hour and one 24-hour strike.

Balpa general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “Our members voted to end this dispute by binding arbitration, which Thomas Cook has now agreed to.

“I am pleased that we have been able to find a peaceful way of resolving the pilots’ pay dispute without further disruption to passengers.”