Up to 20% of flights cancelled due to Aer Lingus strike

Don’t pack for that summer getaway just yet! Aer Lingus have announced that up to 20% of flights could be cancelled due to industrial action by pilots with the Irish airline. 

Aer Lingus announced up to 20% of flights cancelled due to ongoing pay dispute with pilots.

Irish airline Aer Lingus have announced that up to 20% of flights could be cancelled during the first five days of planned industrial action by pilots. 

With many people looking forward to their long-overdue summer getaway, this will be disheartening news for holiday goers from across the Emerald Isle.

Here’s what we know so far…

An ongoing pay dispute – taking industrial action

Check the Aer Lingus Travel Advisory page for latest flight updates.
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Earlier this week, the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) served notice of an indefinite work-to-rule from Wednesday 26 June as part of an ongoing pay dispute between the airline and pilots.

What this means is that Aer Lingus pilots will follow official working rules and hours exactly in an attempt to cause disruption with overall operations, reducing efficiency and output. 

The industrial action is currently planned to take place over a five day period from 26 June. Aer Lingus has said that they expect between 10% to 20% of flights during that period could be cancelled as a result.

Doing what they can to avoid disruption – communicating with customers

Aer Lingus announced 20% of flights cancelled due to industrial action from 26 June.
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Aer Lingus said they would keep customers up-to-date with the latest information on the strike and how their flights may be affected. 

They said that, with up to 20% of flights during the period cancelled, it would enable them to “protect as many services as possible for as many of our customers as possible”.

At the minute, it seems that customers will be offered a number of choices. Those scheduled to fly between 26 June and 2 July can choose to rearrange their flight free of charge. 

The airline explained they will also “be able to cancel their flight and claim a refund or voucher.”

In a statement, Aer Lingus explained, “These options will be communicated directly to impacted customers as well as travel agents, while the Aer Lingus ‘Travel Advisory‘ page will also have up-to-the-minute information on all the options.”

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