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Saturday 22 June 2024

Pilots ready to strike over pay claim

Bad news for anyone booked to fly on Irish airline Aer Lingus over the next couple of weeks.

It seems Aer Lingus has not been employing enough pilots - and has been relying on them to do overtime to keep planes in the air.

Now, as part of proposed strike action, Aer Lingus pilots will start work-to-rule action from Wednesday, meaning they will decline overtime work or any out-of-hours duties.

As a result, the airline expects to cancel up to 20% of flights, news portal Travel Mole reports.

The work-to-rule action could potentially represent over 40 flights a day scrapped.

The airline operates an average of 220 flights a day during the summer season.

Donal Moriarty, chief corporate affairs officer for Aer Lingus, said: “Impacted passengers will be contacted and advised of cancellations and given their options in terms of refund, re-accommodation or voucher.”

Pilots are taking action over a requested pay increase of nearly 24%.

The airline has offered just over half of this.

The pilots’ union say their demand is the equivalent of real terms inflation since they last had a pay rise in 2019.

The airline’s short-haul Europe schedule is likely to be most at risk, Travel Mole reported.

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