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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Aer Lingus hiring planes in bid to thwart strike

Published 06/03/2014 | 02:30

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(FILES) A file photo taken on December 1, 2008, shows cabin crew preparing to board an Aer Lingus aircraft at Belfast International Airport in Belfast, in Northern Ireland. Irish airline Aer Lingus made a pre-tax loss of 119.7 million euros (151.4 million dollars) last year compared with a profit of 124.8 million euros in 2007, according to results on Wednesday March 11, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Peter MUHLY/FILES (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Aer Lingus staff may strike on St.Patrick's weekend

AER LINGUS is hiring aircraft, re-timing flights and re-booking some passengers as it prepares for industrial action next week that threatens to cripple the country's three main airports.

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Trade union SIPTU intends to proceed with industrial action on Friday next week, despite efforts getting under way to resolve the pensions issue.

Aer Lingus said it would be forced to cancel some flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon on March 14 and has urged customers to check details of affected flights on its website. Customers are also being contacted by email and text message.

The airline said customers whose flights are cancelled or re-timed by more than three hours can change flights for free or apply for a refund.

An expert panel set up to resolve the dispute is due to meet SIPTU officials tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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