Aer Lingus has notified staff that the airline will be emerging from the pandemic as a smaller organisation and that this transition will require redundancies to be made. The cabin crew base run by Aer Lingus at Shannon airport is to permanently close. This closure is part of cost saving measures as the company downsides due to the travel crisis brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. Their base at Cork will be temporarily closed between mid-September and late November 2021

”Structural change will also be required across the business,” the company stated, noting talks had begun already with unions. ”The required structural changes will be specific to each business area but will focus primarily on the areas where there is off-market pay, terms, conditions and work practices.

Aer Lingus has 81 cabin crew based at Shannon Airport. They will be offered enhanced severance terms or the option to move to the base at Dublin airport. In addition the 45 ground staff at Shannon will be laid off. At the airline’s Cork base the 198 staff will be temporarily laid off while the base is closed between 12 September and 22 November 20201.

The Irish carrier lost €361 million in 2020 and €103 million in the first quarter of 2021. Speaking during the International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) briefing the Aer Lingus CFO, Steven Gunning, stated that Aer Lingus is the “most challenged” operator within IAG relating to its financial performance. He stated that this is because Ireland “has a uniquely stringent set of travel restrictions”. The carrier’s total revenue was down 91% year on year in the first quarter, and its capacity remains driven by cargo needs.

Source: Flight Global