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Aer Lingus cancels further flights this weekend


Aer Lingus. Photo: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Aer Lingus. Photo: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Aer Lingus. Photo: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

This weekend brings further flight cancellations from Aer Lingus as the airline deals with “a significant spike in Covid cases”.

Today's affected services include two return flights to/from Dublin Airport to London LGW, EI232 and EI237 as well as flights EI610 and EI611 to/from Amsterdam.

Two return flights to Lyon, which the airline says is due to ground handling industrial action, have also been cancelled. 

Knock Airport has also been affected as Aer Lingus return flight EI911 to London LGW at 12.30pm has been cancelled due to "illness".

Other airlines affected today include Tap Air Portugal, which has cancelled a return flight, TP1323 to Lisbon at 10.45am.

Eastern Airways Ltd has also cancelled a flight due to arrive at Dublin Airport today, T39700 from Southampton.

Aer Lingus flight cancellations to/from Dublin Airport on Sunday include return flight EI482 to Lisbon at 7.10am and EI436 to Milan MXP at 5.30pm.

Return flights EI436 to Malpensa and EI610 to Amsterdam have also been cancelled on Sunday, which the airline says is “related to illness”.

British Airways has cancelled one flight to Dublin Airport on Sunday, BA830 to London LHR at 4pm.

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Aer Lingus has now cancelled more than 60 flights over the past week, though it says in total just over 1pc of its flights were impacted by cancellations in June

“Aer Lingus anticipated the return of demand for travel once Covid restrictions were removed and built appropriate buffers into our plans in order to deal with a reasonable level of additional disruption,” the airline said.

“System pressures and ongoing issues at some airports and among third party suppliers have created considerable operational challenges which have been compounded by a significant spike in Covid cases in recent days.”

The airline has apologised to affected passengers, and says teams are working to re-accommodate them.

Under EU Regulation 261/2014, if a flight is cancelled for any reason, the airline must offer passengers the choice between:

1) Re-routing as soon as possible, subject to availability, free of charge.

2) Re-routing at a later date.

3) A full refund within seven days.

In addition to Covid, the airline industry last weekend was impacted by a cabin crew and air traffic controller (ATC) strike in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

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