Aer Lingus could cancel one in five flights

Aer Lingus could cancel one in five flights

Friday, 21 Jun, 2024 0

Aer Lingus will start notifying customers today ahead of pilots’ planned industrial action.

Aer Lingus pilots will start work-to-rule action from Wednesday, meaning they will decline overtime working or any out-of-hours duties.

As a result, the airline expects to cancel up to 20% of flights.

The work to rule action could potentially impact up to 8,000 passengers a day.

It represents over 40 flights a day scrapped.

The airline operates an average of 220 flights a day during the summer season.

Donal Moriarty, chief corporate affairs officer said: “Impacted passengers will be contacted and advised of cancellations and given their options in terms of refund, re-accommodation or voucher.”

Pilots are taking action over a requested pay increase of nearly 24%.

The airline has offered just over half of this.

The pilots’ union say their demand is the equivalent of real terms inflation since they last had a pay rise in 2019.

The airline’s short-haul Europe schedule is likely to be most at risk.


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