Extra shift a month would end impasse
Published 31/01/2011 | 05:00
AnnE-Marie Walsh's report in last Thursday's Irish Independent ('Longer shifts with less time off at core of cabin crew row') repeats a claim by Aer Lingus that cabin crew are refusing to operate return flights to some destinations.
The example given was Dublin-Heathrow-Dublin twice in a day. I can confirm that Aer Lingus crew have been operating such duties for at least six years and have no problem with it.
The issue arises from the previous requirement to have a chance to take a break on this nine-hour duty. The shortest Aer Lingus duty is two hours and 20 minutes, but these are usually coupled with another duty. So that short duty gets added on to a six-hour duty making an eight-hour, 20-minute shift.