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THE threat to flights from Southampton airport has been lifted after members of union Unite agreed to accept improved pension arrangements following talks with the airports’ owner, AGS.

Unite said there had been an overwhelming vote – 97 per cent – in favour of acceptance in a consultative ballot of the new offer, which was hammered out after two days of talks with the conciliation service Acas.

Unite members also overwhelmingly agreed a pay deal for 2016 which was also part of the Acas-brokered package.

AGS Airports is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), established in 2014, to acquire Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports.

Unite regional officer Phil Silkstone said: ‘This lifts the threat of industrial action at the airport which could have disrupted summer flights.’