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Published on March 2nd, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Aer Lingus Lay Off Shannon Staff until June

Aer Lingus has announced that it will place 129 Shannon based staff on temporary unpaid leave from 8th March until 7th June. In a statement released by the airline that said, “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.” The dates may also be subject to change based on the requirements for Shannon operations. Currently, Aer Lingus is not planning on returning flights operations in Shannon until July.

Aer Lingus have received access government funding of €150 million in the final quarter of 2020 but reports are that they have only drawn down around half of the available funding so far. In figures published by IAG last week, it showed that Aer Lingus made a loss of €361million in 2020. The airline said that this represented the largest ever loss in its history and demonstrated the profound impact of COVID-19.

While no official announcement has yet been made regarding the opening up of Manchester as an international base to operate transatlantic flights, it is understood that two Airbus A330’s will take up UK markings in the coming weeks. EI-ELA and EI-EDY will become G-EILA and G-EIDY respectively. Two Airbus A321LR’s due for delivery this year will go directly to the UK register on delivery as G-EILG and G-EILH. EI-LRE which was delivered to Aer Lingus before Christmas had been in storage at Dublin since its arrival. The aircraft undertook a local test flight on Saturday 27th February for about 30 minutes. The aircraft then entered service on the EI-137 flight to Boston on Sunday 28th February. The next Airbus A321LR, EI-LRF (c/n 10264) is currently on the Flightline at the Airbus facility in Hamburg, it is due for delivery in the coming weeks.

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