THE Government is being urged to intervene to safeguard jobs and the Aer Lingus base at Cork airport.
On Friday, Aer Lingus confirmed that it is reviewing the scale of its flying programme from Cork as well as the ongoing viability of its regional base here.
It also announced that “significant redundancies” are required to take place across the business.
Aer Lingus is the longest-serving airline at Cork Airport and has been ever-present since the airport opened in October 1961.
The airline has continued to operate its London-Heathrow service from Cork throughout the Covid-19 crisis and has signalled its intent to reinstate its Amsterdam service three times weekly from next month.
In a statement toon Friday, Aer Lingus said that the “catastrophic impact of Covid-19 on the aviation sector has been compounded in Ireland by the implementation of the most restrictive travel policies in Europe and the failure to implement supports for the sector.”
Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has urged the government to intervene in the escalating crisis.
“Under no circumstances, can the loss of the Cork Aer Lingus base be contemplated,” he said.
The airline statement added that it has “not made the required progress on the implementation of industry standard work practices with key cohorts of employees”.