Aer Lingus to cut 500 jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic

0
6
Aer Lingus to cut 500 jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic

Aer Lingus is to cut its workforce by up to 500 people as the Covid-19 pandemic has had a “catastrophic effect” on aviation industry.

The Irish airline said that it is currently operating less than 5% of its normal schedule.

It also said there is no certainty as to when the restoration of its services or the future demand for travel once services resume.

In a statement, Aer Lingus also said the crisis is “exacerbated” by Ireland’s 14-day quarantine requirement for passengers arriving into the State and travel guidelines which advise against all non-essential travel.

“Ireland has failed to take steps that other European Member States have taken – they have progressively restored transport services and connectivity in response to a European Commission invitation to do so,” an Aer Lingus spokesman said.

“The requirement to reduce the size of the airline in response to the crisis means that today Aer Lingus has issued a notification to the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Regina Doherty) regarding proposed collective redundancies in the airline.

“Aer Lingus has informed the Minister that headcount reductions of up to 500 employees across the business are anticipated.

“Aer Lingus is now commencing the required consultation process with employee representative organisations.”

Forsa, the union representing staff at Aer Lingus, said it would engage with Aer Lingus management regarding the proposed redundancies in the airline.

The union, which represents cabin crew, pilots and certain management staff in the company, said it would “enter discussions with the objective of minimising the number of job losses and protecting the incomes of Aer Lingus staff”.

The union said it is not making any further comment at this time.

.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here