Aer Lingus pilots commence industrial action, resulting in 270 flight cancellations

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Aer Lingus pilots have initiated their industrial action, leading to the cancellation of approximately 270 flights. The pilots, part of the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA), began an indefinite work-to-rule at midnight.

They are now refusing overtime, changes to set rosters, and out-of-hours management requests, causing significant disruption to travel plans for tens of thousands of passengers.

The dispute, centred on pay, shows no signs of resolution. The Irish Labour Court announced on Tuesday that it would not intervene at this time. An additional eight-hour strike by pilots is planned for Saturday.

Flight Cancellations

Aer Lingus reports that the total number of flights cancelled due to the industrial action has risen to 270. These cancellations affect flights in and out of Ireland to the EU, Britain, and North America.

Last week, around 124 flights scheduled to depart between today and Sunday were cancelled. Subsequently, the airline confirmed the cancellation of an additional 50 flights on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

The airline stated that it was removing 270 flights from its schedules over the next seven days “to continue to protect as many services as possible” from the impact of IALPA’s industrial action.

Aer Lingus is offering several options to customers affected by the industrial action, including rebooking, refunds, or vouchers. Passengers with flights booked between 26 June and 2 July will be contacted with alternatives.

Passenger Options

Passengers affected by the cancellations can rebook alternative flights or receive refunds. Aer Lingus is providing all customers with bookings within the affected dates the option to change flights, request refunds, or receive vouchers.

It is important to note that all Aer Lingus Regional flights (operated by Emerald Airlines) and Aer Lingus UK transatlantic flights to and from Manchester will continue to operate as scheduled.

For a full list of cancelled flights up to and including 2 July, passengers can visit the Aer Lingus website.