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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Aer Lingus row could ground flights from next week

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Angry pilots at Aer Lingus have voted in favour of industrial action, in a new row over their rosters.



The Irish Airline Pilots Association has served the company notice of industrial action. The IAPA is part of the union IMPACT.

The airline has warned that the row could lead to flight delays and even cancellations.

Management also claimed that it could have a "significant adverse affect" on profits.

From Tuesday of next week, pilots based in Dublin and Cork will not work on rostered free days or annual leave days. They will also report for duty one hour later than their rostered report times, according to the union.

Aer Lingus boss Christoph Mueller said: “This withdrawal of flexibility will destroy our ability to operate a proper schedule as we will miss our airport slot times, parking stands, gate positions and will be unable to fulfil flight connections for customers.

“In addition pilot and cabin crew operational duties will be out of sync which may result in cabin crew having insufficient hours to operate all flights.

‘’This may lead to a full cancellation of operations from Tuesday,” he said.

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