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Explainer: Why is Aer Lingus cancelling flights and how long will travel disruption last?

Dozens of flights to and from Ireland have been cancelled, compounded by “a Covid spike”

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A new Aer Lingus A320neo aircraft

A new Aer Lingus A320neo aircraft

Queues at Dublin Airport over the weekend. Photo: Tony Gavin

Queues at Dublin Airport over the weekend. Photo: Tony Gavin

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A new Aer Lingus A320neo aircraft

This week has seen more long lines for airport passengers, and Aer Lingus alone has cancelled around 40 flights due to strikes, staff shortages and “a significant spike in Covid cases” among staff.

So what is going on, and how long can Irish holidaymakers expect the summer travel disruption to last?

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