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Saturday 26 July 2014

No strike but fog may hamper travel plans

Louise Hogan

Published 14/03/2014|02:30

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A number of Aer Lingus flights were cancelled yesterday

RYANAIR boss Michael O'Leary said he was glad a court injunction halted strike action at Ireland's main airports today as racegoers fly home and tourists land for St Patrick's Day.

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However, their travel plans may be disrupted anyway – by the weather. Widespread fog is expected and could result in flight delays and cancellations for thousands of passengers.

The High Court granted injunctions to Ryanair and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to prevent a four-hour work stoppage by SIPTU members at the country's main airports.

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Yesterday the airline boss said: "I think it is another example of the unions over-reacting to these things and trying to blackmail the travelling public."

Severe fog yesterday morning led to the cancellation of a number of Aer Lingus flights of racegoers travelling to the Cheltenham Festival.

Many arrivals and departures were cancelled at London City Airport – a two-hour drive from the track in the Cotswolds – as visibility was only 100 metres.

Late yesterday evening there were no reports of expected delays this morning but passengers are advised to check their airlines website.

Irish Independent

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