More Aer Lingus flights cancelled as dispute continues

An Aer Lingus flight flying in a grey sky
Hundreds of Aer Lingus flights have been cancelled since action by pilots began [Getty Images]

Aer Lingus has announced it is cancelling 25 more flights due to industrial action by pilots.

The cancellations are for Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16 July.

The airline said it expects to announce further cancellations on Thursday morning and that details of the cancelled flights can be found on its website.

Aer Lingus says customers whose flights are cancelled will be contacted directly.

Travel agents will also be contacted.

In a statement, it said: "Customers affected by these latest cancellations will be given the option to change their flights for free. They will also be able to claim a refund or voucher".

There have been hundreds of flights cancelled so far because of strike action last month and a work-to-rule which began two weeks ago, as part of a long-running dispute over pay, involving members of the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA).

On Monday, the Labour Court recommended a 17.75% pay increase for pilots over a four-year period.

The court recommended that the increase be awarded as follows:

  • 2% with effect from 1st January 2023

  • 1.75% with effect from 1st July 2023

  • 2% with effect from 1st October 2023

  • 3.5% with effect from 1st January 2024

  • 1.5% with effect from 1st October 2024

  • 3% with effect from 1st January 2025

  • 3% with effect from 1st January 2026

  • 1% with effect from 1st July 2026

An Aer Lingus plane in the background of the photo with four sheep in the foreground
The latest cancellations are for Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16 July [PA Media]

Irish broadcaster RTÉ has reported that the IALPA met on Wednesday evening to consider the Labour Court's response to questions the association had asked about proposals aimed at ending its dispute with Aer Lingus.

The meeting adjourned at 19:30 BST and is expected to reconvene later.

After the meeting, the union is expected to announce its recommendation of whether to accept or reject the proposals.

This is to be followed by information meetings for members and an electronic ballot of pilots - that process could take days.

RTÉ reported that Aer Lingus said it "notes the Labour Court's clarification of its recommendation, which had already been accepted by Aer Lingus. We look forward to IALPA completing the balloting process as soon as possible".

The Labour Court recommendation also proposes the ending of 2022 pay scales, the scrapping of a crewing agreement on rostering and summer leave, and the termination of a debt owed by pilots to the company as part of that agreement.