Aer Lingus has confirmed that it is reviewing the scale of its flying programme from Cork as well as the ongoing viability of its regional base here.
This afternoon the company also announced that “significant redundancies” will take place across the business.
In May, Aer Lingus said it was engaging with staff and representative bodies regarding the “urgent requirement to reduce costs across its business” given the “decimation in demand for travel in the immediate term and the uncertainty regarding future travel demand thereafter.”
At that time it said it had communicated directly with employees on an individual level as it looked to align working hours and pay with the amount of work that needs to be done.
In a statement to the Echo this afternoon, 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.”
It also said that it had “not made the required progress on the implementation of industry standard work practices with key cohorts of employees.”
The statement added: “In this context and given the Aer Lingus quarterly results today, significant redundancies are required across the business. The redundancies will be on a voluntary basis if possible but may be implemented compulsorily if required. Consultations are ongoing with the relevant representative bodies in this regard.
“Aer Lingus is also reviewing the scale of our flying programme from Cork and Shannon Airports and the ongoing viability of our regional bases there.”