Aer Lingus announced earlier today that 129 staff members will be placed on temporary unpaid lay-off in Shannon Airport.
The announcement follows the publication of the company’s 2020 years results last Friday, which showed the airline an operating of loss of €361M.
All 129 In-flight Service and Ground Operation staff will be on temporary leave from Monday March 8 to Monday June 7, 2021.
The statement read: “Aer Lingus has completed a review of the Shannon operation, and on the basis that no flights have operated to or from Shannon since April 5th, Aer Lingus has concluded that it is not sustainable to continue to roster staff to the current levels when there is no work available.”
Aer Lingus also stated this decision will may be subject to a further extension and will be kept under review.
On Friday, Aer Lingus revealed it had already cut 500 jobs and finalising an additional 84 redundancies due to the “profound impact” of the COVID-19 pandemic, a loss which represented more than a tenth of employees that worked for the airline at the end of June last year.
“Increased travel restrictions in Ireland and across our network and the subsequent negative impact on demand for travel required us to review our network schedule and operations,”
“Aviation planning has long lead-times and it is therefore imperative that a clear exit plan from the current restrictions is urgently developed,” it said.
“This will enable the restoration of Ireland’s connectivity as quickly as possible and ensure that the economy is supported to deliver the recovery that will be vital for the country. The Government should engage proactively with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure that this plan is put in place.”