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Turbulent times: Aer Lingus is said to be eying winter sun holidays in Florida and the Caribbean as a potential lifeline for its Irish operation.

Turbulent times: Aer Lingus is said to be eying winter sun holidays in Florida and the Caribbean as a potential lifeline for its Irish operation.

Turbulent times: Aer Lingus is said to be eying winter sun holidays in Florida and the Caribbean as a potential lifeline for its Irish operation.

There was intense speculation amongst Aer Lingus staff this weekend over claims that the airline is poised to launch a new round of deep job cuts unless air travel reopens this summer.

Pilots at the airline have told colleagues that they have been briefed that the airline would be forced to cut about 800 more jobs, or 25pc of the remaining workforce, if quarantine rules and travel bans keep much of the airline’s Irish-based operation effectively grounded in the traditionally high-season months to come.

At least 600 staff have already left the airline over the course of the pandemic and workers continue on 50pc of pay, having seen wages fall as low as 30pc last year.


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