Saturday 20 January 2018

Aer Lingus can avoid travel chaos, says chief

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

AER Lingus boss Christoph Mueller is "still optimistic" that travel chaos can be prevented despite cabin crew voting in favour of industrial action.

The vote comes as the airline considers introducing new baggage fees for customers which would reflect the length of their trip. Cabin crews are backing the action because of plans by Aer Lingus to close its cabin crew base in Shannon next year after a dispute over staffing of new services to the US and Canada next year.

The closure would impact almost 90 jobs at the airline.

The dispute has just been referred to the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).

The LRC intervention came as Aer Lingus reported record quarterly profits of €94.9m during the three months to September despite a fall in short-haul passenger traffic.

Irish Independent

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