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Monday 18 December 2017

Aer Lingus hiring planes in bid to thwart strike

Aer Lingus staff may strike on St.Patrick's weekend
Aer Lingus staff may strike on St.Patrick's weekend
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

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.

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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