Further Aer Lingus flight cancellations at Dublin Airport

Today brings further flight disruption for passengers flying out of Dublin Airport with Aer Lingus.

he following flights have been canceled today, the 8.45am flight from Washington, EI118, the 8.45am flight from Philadelphia, EI114, and the 4.40pm flight to New York JFK, EI107.

The airline has also canceled Monday’s 8.40am flight from New York JFK, EI106.

Aer Lingus has canceled a number of flights since the start of the month due to staff illness and industrial action across Europe.

A total of seven flights have been canceled so far this weekend as the aviation industry struggles to return to pre-Covid schedules.

The airline apologised to all impacted customers and said it is contacting them directly to “advise them of their rights and offer options including rebooking or refund”.

Other airlines have also been impacted such as Tap Air Portugal, British Airways and Scandinavian Airlines SAS.

This comes as officials at Heathrow last week announced that they were capping the number of passengers departing the airport each day to 100,000 until the end of October in a bid to cope with the extreme pressure facing airports due to pent-up demand and staff shortages.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer has called on Aer Lingus to answer questions in relation to flight cancellations.

The airline’s management are due to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee on Tuesday.

Senator Buttimer said “too many” passengers have been left “stranded” as a result of cancellations this summer.

“Aer Lingus management have finally agreed to come before the Oireachtas Transport Committee this week and we will be looking for answers on behalf of the thousands of passengers let down by canceled flights in recent weeks,” he said.

“We will also be seeking reassurances from the airline for all the people planning to travel in the coming weeks and months.

“Only this weekend, we now learn of further cancellations on transatlantic and European routes disrupting the travel plans of even more passengers.”

Senator Buttimer said Aer Lingus must “play its part” in ensuring that scheduled flights depart and arrive when they are supposed to.

“I know that the recent Covid surge has caused staffing difficulties for many airlines, but we really need to hear from Aer Lingus what they’re doing to address this ongoing problem,” he said.

“I know that daa have been working extremely hard in recent weeks to correct the problems experienced at the airport.

“And hard-pressed families who have saved to go on holidays, visit loved ones abroad, or travel for work, need to be able to rely on their airline.”

Under EU Regulation 261/2014, if a flight is canceled for any reason, the airline must offer passengers the choice between:

1) Re-routing as soon as possible, subject to availability, free of charge.

2) Re-routing at a later date.

3) A full refund within seven days

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