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Saturday 20 January 2018

Aer Lingus is cutting up to 70 jobs at Irish base

Around 17 staff will remain in the Belfast base.
Around 17 staff will remain in the Belfast base.

John Mulgrew

Aer Lingus is cutting up to 70 jobs at its Belfast base.

The carrier says that around 17 staff will remain in the city's base, but the rest will either go, or be offered a move to Dublin.

Aer Lingus says out of 55 cabin crew, 17 will lose their jobs. A further 21 will be offered roles in Dublin.

A further eight pilots will move to Aer Lingus's headquarters in Dublin, and a further 16 will also be offered roles there.

And seven maintenance staff will also be cut from Belfast, and offered roles in Dublin.

Aer Lingus and British Airways are now both owned by parent company IAG, and both fly out of Belfast City Airport.

A spokeswoman for Aer Lingus said: "In recent months Aer Lingus has conducted a review of the way in which our Belfast base is resourced. This review has now concluded and our management team are communicating with our Belfast-based team today on the changes to be undertaken and the impact on our Belfast team.

"With effect from the end of October 2016 we will reduce the numbers employed at our Belfast base. For reasons of efficiency a large portion of our Belfast operation will be resourced from our Dublin base. We will continue to employ some Cabin Crew at Belfast but some of the resource requirements for Cabin Crew and all the resource requirements for Cockpit Crew will be provided from our Dublin numbers. We will be seeking to enter third party supply arrangements for our Line Maintenance requirements.

"We are pleased to confirm that there will be no change to our flying schedule at Belfast City airport. We remain fully committed to serving our Northern Ireland customers and will continue to fly from Belfast City to popular summer sun destinations such as Majorca, Malaga, Faro and Alicante as well as operating a year-round, high frequency service to London Heathrow. These decisions relate only to resourcing arrangements and are necessary in order to secure the future profitability of our Belfast operation.

"Over the coming weeks we will continue to communicate with our Belfast team, to implement these changes, and will seek to minimise any negative impact on employees. All employees impacted by these decisions will be offered roles at our Dublin base.

"We remain committed to serving the Belfast market and will continue to offer competitive fares to London and popular summer sun destinations direct from Belfast City airport."

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