Another batch of Aer Lingus flights cancelled this weekend
The airport says it is working to re-accomodate impacted passengers.
Aer Lingus has cancelled yet another batch of its flights this weekend, citing Covid-19 and ground handling action at one non-Irish airport as reasons.
The latest scrapping of flights follows the airline aborting dozens of flights in recent days.
In a statement to JOE on Saturday morning (2 July), Aer Lingus said that it has been forced to cancel three return flights on Saturday and three return flights on Sunday due to a spike in Covid cases.
Additionally, the airline stated that ground handling industrial action at Lyon Airport has required the cancellation of two return flights to Lyon on Saturday.
Details on the affected flights this weekend (as of 12.30pm on Saturday) can be found below.
Cancellations related to Ground Handling industrial action at Lyon – Saturday, 2 July:
- DUBLIN – LYON – DUBLIN EI550/EI551
- DUBLIN – LYON – DUBLIN EI552/EI553
Cancellations related to illness – Saturday, 2 July
- DUBLIN-AMSTERDAM-DUBLIN EI610 / EI611
- LONDON GATWICK-KNOCK-LONDON GATWICK EI911 / EI912
- DUBLIN-LONDON GATWICK EI232
- LONDON GATWICK-DUBLIN - EI237
Cancellations related to illness – Sunday, 3 July
- DUBLIN-LISBON-DUBLIN EI482/EI483
- DUBLIN-MALPENSA-DUBLIN EI436/EI437
- DUBLIN-AMSTERDAM-DUBLIN EI610/EI61
"Aer Lingus wishes to apologise to those impacted and teams at the airline are working to re-accommodate impacted passengers on the next available services as efficiently as possible," the airline said.
"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.
"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."
Despite the recent wave of cancellations, Aer Lingus says that just over 1% of its flights have been impacted by cancellations in June.
Appearing on RTÉ's Morning Ireland on Thursday, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan was asked if airlines cancelling flights because of Covid was a matter of concern to him.
"Absolutely, our concern here is obviously first and foremost with the travelling public and their inconvenience," he replied.
"It's the reason we have the Defence Forces now on standby or will have them on standby from 6 July [at Dublin Airport] - to prepare for that eventuality that Covid numbers would make it difficult to get the full capacity out of the airport.
"The airlines, obviously, they have to manage there. We don't run their scheduling service. But that is happening right across Europe.
"It's a very difficult time for aviation. Covid has disrupted everything both in terms of getting stuff back but also now staff being out with Covid. We will have to work our way through it, a difficult period.
"But I'm convinced particularly with the help of the Defence Forces now in the airport that we can and will do that."
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