26-Jan-2011 9:07 AM

Aer Lingus warns strike could affect financial performance

Aer Lingus has warned about the potential impact on its financial performance of a longer cabin crew dispute (RTE/Press Association/Reuters/Breaking News, 25-Jan-2011). The carrier added that the cost of hiring in aircraft and crews from other airlines during the dispute with its cabin crew is "not material in the context of the group's operations" at the moment but warned that a continuation of the dispute could impact passenger bookings which could, in turn, have a "potentially significant impact" on the airline's financial performance. The cabin crew union IMPACT has claimed the cost of lwasing aircraft and crews could reach EUR400,000/day. Aer Lingus was forced to cancel 12 services on 25-Jan-2011 as the two-week dispute over cabin crew rostering arrangements continued. This equates to less than 10% of its schedule, with this ratio expected to continue in coming days. The carrier has written to around 175 staff warning that they would be sacked if they do not work to the controversial new working arrangements.

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