80 more flights cancelled as disruption continues for airline's passengers

Aer Lingus is set to cut 10-20% of flights as industrial action continues in a dispute over pay (Niall Carson/PA)
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Aer Lingus has cancelled a further 80 flights between July 11 and 14 amid continuing industrial action by pilots over pay. The airline has been cancelling flights in batches during the pilots' indefinite work-to-rule, which began last week.

It said the latest cancellations will enable it to protect as many services as possible and that affected customers will be contacted regarding refund and rebooking options.

A statement said: "Aer Lingus fully understands the anxiety being experienced by customers given the uncertainty caused by Ialpa's (Irish Air Line Pilots' Association) industrial action and is giving impacted customers as many options as possible."

It said details of the affected services are on the Travel Advisory page of its website. Earlier this week, Aer Lingus announced 76 flight cancellations between next Monday and Wednesday. This followed 392 cancellations announced last weekend.

A Labour Court hearing aimed at resolving the ongoing dispute was held on Wednesday and both sides are awaiting a recommendation from the court. Representatives from Aer Lingus and Ialpa attended the meeting, at which they presented their cases and answered questions from the court.

The airline flies from Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport.