Friday, July 01, 2022

Sarah Mooney

Updated 9.50am

More than 30 flights departing and arriving at Dublin Airport on Friday and Saturday have been cancelled today.

The cancellations impact flights within Europe and the majority are with Aer Lingus, although British Airways and TAP Air Portugal also cancelled one flight each on Friday.

Aer Lingus has cancelled a total of 31 flights across the weekend, with 21 flights into and out of the airport cancelled on Friday, including nine return services, and 10 further cancellations for Saturday.

“Due to a spike in Covid cases, Aer Lingus has been forced to cancel nine return flights and one direct flight today, Friday 1st July, and three return flights tomorrow, Saturday 2nd July,” the airline said in a statement.

“Additionally, ground handling industrial action at Bordeaux Airport and Lyon Airport has required the cancellation of one return flight to Bordeaux today, Friday 1st July, and two return flights to Lyon tomorrow, Saturday 2nd July.

“Just over one per cent of Aer Lingus flights have been impacted by cancellations in June.

“Aer Lingus wishes to apologise to those impacted and teams at the airline are working to re-accommodate impacted passengers on the next available services as efficiently as possible.”

Cancellations

Flights cancelled on Friday include an Aer Lingus flight to Zurich at 7.10am, a British Airways flight to London LHR at 10.45am, an Aer Lingus flight to Bordeaux at 1.30pm and an Aer Lingus flight to Amsterdam at 2pm, according to the Dublin Airport website.

Also cancelled was an Aer Lingus flight to London LGW at 3.10pm, an Aer Lingus flight to Brussels at 6.45pm, an Aer Lingus flight to Birmingham at 7.20pm, an Aer Lingus flight to London LGW at 7.30pm and a TAP Air Portugal flight to Lisbon at 7.45pm.

On Friday morning around 8am, the Dublin Airport website listed security queues as ranging between 10 minutes at Terminal 1 and 30 minutes at Terminal 2. Wait times remained the same later in the morning.

Amid ongoing issues at the airport, airlines have cancelled numerous flights from Dublin this week in the face of bottlenecks, strikes and staff absences driven by Covid-19.

Close to a third, or 27 per cent, of flights cancelled at Dublin Airport this week were chalked off within six hours of take-off.

Travel expert Eoghan Corry said companies need to give people more time to deal with the fallout.

“The real problem, I did a count today, 27 per cent of the flights cancelled within the last week in Dublin Airport were within six hours, so that’s a big problem when passengers are already in the airport,” he told Newstalk. “I’m expecting to see less of that going forward.”

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