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Aer Lingus held talks with unions over redundancies. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Aer Lingus held talks with unions over redundancies. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

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Aer Lingus held talks with unions over redundancies. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Aer Lingus expects to see a far bigger reduction in flights this summer than it had previously predicted.

Stark forecasts for June and July - contained in briefing material seen by the Sunday Independent - were revealed to union leaders by airline management at one of a number of crisis briefings.

The airline had prepared a schedule for June that would see it fly 15pc of its normal flights, but the "realistic view is now closer to 5pc". The "best case" for July had been a less than 20pc schedule, but it would now be "significantly lower" than that.