Published on May 18th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Aer Lingus to Close Shannon Base
Aer Lingus has announced that it will be permanently closing its Shannon base and will close its Cork Airport base temporarily later this year when the runway works are taking place. Around 80 cabin crew staff will be offered severance or a transfer to the Dublin base. A further 45 ground crew will not return to work. Aer Lingus had previously announced they would close the Shannon base until June when some flights were expected to resume.
The airline’s staff are currently on 60 per cent of full pay. In a statement to staff, Aer Lingus has said it expects to to emerge from the COVID crisis as a smaller and their will be a requirement for redundancies. Trade union Fórsa confirmed that Aer Lingus had told cabin and ground crews at Cork Airport would be laid off without pay between September and November.
Aer Lingus has lost over €100 million in the first three months of this year, following a loss of €361 million last year. IAG, the owners of Aer Lingus has said recently that they expect traffic from April to June this year to be around 25% of the 2019 levels across their airlines. However, lower levels were expected from Aer Lingus due to the stricter travels restrictions in Ireland.