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Aer Lingus cancels 50 more flights as Labor Court talks begin – The Irish Times

Aer Lingus will cancel a further 50 flights next Monday and Tuesday despite an attempt by the Labor Court to end the company’s pay dispute with its pilots.

Representatives of the airlines held “constructive” talks at the Labor Court on Tuesday morning, according to their director of corporate affairs, Donal Moriarty.

However, he confirmed that Aer Lingus had canceled a further 50 flights on Monday and Tuesday, July 1 and 2, to protect as many services as possible from the impact of the strike that pilots were due to begin on Wednesday.

“That will continue unless a resolution is found,” Moriarty said. He added that Aer Lingus hoped the Labor Court’s intervention would “help in that regard”.

Meanwhile, Irish Air Line Pilots Association (Ialpa) president Captain Mark Tighe promised the union’s work to rule on Wednesday and Saturday’s strike would go ahead. The pilots voted in favor of the strike, he said, when the Ialpa delegation arrived at the Labor Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The latest round of cancellations brings to 270 the number of flights the airline has eliminated in an effort to combat the possible disruption of work to govern and the planned strike by Ialpa.

Earlier, Lynne Embleton, chief executive of Aer Lingus, in her first comment on the dispute with the airline’s pilots in some time, warned that it was “harming everyone”.

Ms Embleton led the delegation which met at Laabout Court under the chairmanship of Kevin Foley to discuss the dispute.

In advance statements to the media, he said the airline expected progress in resolving the long-running pay dispute. “This is hurting everyone,” she said, adding that the threat of a strike by pilots was hurting Taylor Swift fans, tourists and people traveling for family events like weddings.

The court invited both sides to separate meetings in a surprise intervention late on Monday.

Ialpa is due in court Tuesday afternoon.

The pilots are seeking a 23.88 percent pay increase to offset the rising cost of living since their last pay increase in 2019.

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Aer Lingus claims its salaries have increased by an average of 23 per cent since then. He called his salary claim “exorbitant” and “unsustainable.”

Former Aer Lingus chief executive Willie Walsh commented on the dispute that the dispute with the pilots would involve significant damage to the airline’s reputation and that the future did not look bright for the airline. Walsh is director of the International Air Transport Association.

Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland programme, Walsh, who started at Aer Lingus as a pilot, added that he found it difficult to sympathize with his former colleagues. Seeking an increase of almost 24 percent was “very out of line.”

Aer Lingus’ situation was extremely difficult, especially when its financial performance was weak compared to other AIG airlines, he said. Employee costs at Aer Lingus were already higher as a percentage of total costs.

Aer Lingus could not afford to pay “anything close” to the 24 percent the pilots were asking for, he said. “The impact it would have on the future financial performance of the airline would seriously damage the investment or any future investment in the airline.” The situation for Aer Lingus was “very, very risky”.

“I am sure that all Aer Lingus employees watching what is happening will be deeply concerned, not only about the impact it is having on customers, but also the potential impact it could have on the future of the airline. “

“It’s going to be very difficult to see how this will be resolved. “We have great sympathy for customers planning to travel because it appears the disruption could be significant and continue for some time,” Walsh said.

Last week, Ialpa told the airline that its members would begin strict rule work on Wednesday, prompting the company to cancel 124 flights “to protect as many services as possible” from disruption.

The union subsequently announced that pilots would strike between 5am and 1pm on 29 June. As a result, Aer Lingus cut further services, bringing the total number of cancellations to 220.

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