Aer Lingus and British Airways drop many weekend flights

On Sunday July 3, 2022, several flights were completely abandoned at the last minute to and from Dublin, Ireland. Aer Lingus and British Airways have temporarily suspended several operations in Dublin. The suspensions come after a weekend of delays and cancellations. Meanwhile, Ireland must brace for further disruption as a massive strike is scheduled for later this month.

Canceled flights

Several flights were completely canceled at Dublin International Airport (DUB) today. So far, there are no rescheduled flights to replace them. Aer Lingus has suspended four flights out of Dublin and five flights into destination. British Airways has also suspended an inbound flight.

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British Airways canceled a London-Dublin flight on Sunday. Photo: Denver International Airport

Aer Lingus has suspended flights from Dublin to Milan, Lyon, Amsterdam and London. Aer Lingus has also suspended flights to Dublin, including two flights from Lyon, one flight from London, one flight from Lisbon and one flight from Amsterdam. British Airways flight BA830 with a service from London LHR to Dublin has also been cancelled.

Last weekend was filled with delays and cancellations around this airport. Staff shortages, as well as strikes, are all thought to have played a part in the endless string of cancellations. These delays have led thousands of weekend travelers to adjust their travel plans.


Other Airlines

Over the weekend, several other airlines also felt the pain of the delays. Ryanair is an Irish-based airline which was recently informed of a twelve-day strike by crew members based in Spain. Crew members who plan to strike are demanding better working conditions. The airline noted that no disruption to flight services will occur in Dublin due to these strikes.

However, such strikes tend to have a ripple effect on an airline, raising concerns about the near future of air travel in Ireland. Ryanair responded to these concerns by stating,

“following minor and poorly supported union strikes in Spain and we do not expect any disruption to Irish flight schedules in July (12th-28th) as a result of these poorly supported Spanish strikes”

Between July 12 and 28, several strikes are planned at ten different Spanish airports. The airline denies it has any other effects on air travel in Ireland. Yet history shows us how interconnected every element of an airline is.


Global shortages

When the pandemic caused countries to close their borders in 2020, international air traffic ceased to exist. With travel restrictions lifted, demand has returned stronger than before. The airline industry has felt staff shortages all over the world. From baggage handlers to pilots, airlines are in desperate need of additional skilled employees.

Aer Lingus has suffered several cancellations due to staff shortages. Photo: Getty Images

Workers see this and have responded with strikes. Now that every worker is worth more to a company, they refuse to work without better pay and benefits. This caused massive disruption across the industry. Even without the strikes, airlines are struggling to get enough skilled workers. These shortages are said to be the main cause of disruption to air travel in Dublin.

Several flights were canceled to and from Dublin International this Sunday after a weekend of disruption. The root cause of these disruptions is the global shortage of personnel. The country must also prepare for further potential disruption with the massive strikes expected to take place in Spain by Ryanair crew members.

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Source: Dublin Live

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