Aer Lingus passengers look set to face disruption to their flights from next week as the dispute over the establishment of a new base in Belfast threatens to ground the airline.
The airline yesterday wrote to all of the airline’s 480 pilots asking them to confirm by next Monday that they would carry out duties to facilitate the opening of the new Belfast operation. Failure to do so would result in being suspended without pay, chief executive Dermot Mannion said in the letter.
The president of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa), Evan Cullan, accused the airline of “‘a lock-out'”. Impact, the union that represents the pilots, said mass suspensions would effectively shut the airline down.