Aer Lingus plans normal operations, leases from Ryanair during dispute
Aer Lingus confirmed the cancellation of 34 flights from Dublin Airport due to ongoing labour relations trouble (Belfast Telegraph, 20-Jan-2011). The cancellations affect 2600 passengers and there remains little indication the dispute will be resolved soon, with Aer Lingus continuing to remove cabin crew from the payroll. Some 120 cabin crew have been removed from the payroll. All flights affected are Europe-bound services. The carrier stated it plans to operate a full schedule from 21-Jan-2011 using aircraft leased from Ryanair and other carriers where possible (Irish Times, 20-Jan-2011). Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary confirmed he has offered to provide aircraft to Aer Lingus at “preferential rates” to allow the airline to continue operating. Mr O’Leary stated that “as a minority shareholder we are always here to help”.