British Airways and the Unite union have reached an agreement to resolve their long-running cabin crew dispute.

Following a series of meetings between BA CEO Keith Williams and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, an agreement has been reached that will be put to a ballot by cabin crew over the next month.

"I am particularly pleased that staff travel concessions will be restored in full with the signing of the agreement and the implementation of the new structure for working together that we have negotiated," said McCluskey.

The two sides in April 2011 agreed to postpone by 28 days the deadline by which, under UK law, the union had to announce dates for industrial action following its latest strike ballot. This avoided strike action over the Easter holiday period.

BA resisted several attempts by the union last year to disrupt its operations through strike action. The dispute had been going on for over a year.

BA is in the process of preparing a response to the latest development.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news