Travel Alert: Possible Aer Lingus Strike on June 16 and June 18

Passengers leave this Airbus A319-111 aircraft operated by Aer Lingus at Dublin Airport after arriving from Birmingham Airport. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Kevincm. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Kevincm.

If you are traveling as a passenger on aircraft operated by Aer Lingus on Monday, June 16, 2014 or Wednesday, June 18, 2014, you may want to keep yourself updated as to the status of your flights.

The Irish Municipal, Public and Civil Trade Union — or IMPACT, which is the union representing the flight crews of Aer Lingus — threatened to go on strike after three days of talks failed with management this past Friday evening, as management supposedly had refused to negotiate in good faith and instead allegedly issued a proposal which would be considered unacceptable to employees of Aer Lingus because it would mean the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Well — at least some advance notice was given about the strikes.

Cabin crew employees have been docked pay for one day after participating in a strike on Friday, May 30, 2014; and flight privileges have reportedly been revoked.

“I flew on the 13:05 DUB-EDI today”, commented FlyerTalk member Paralytic. “I did not see any sign of picket lines or any other sort of demonstration. We strolled through bagdrop and security – literally did not have to queue for anything and today was quickest I’ve ever reached airside going through any airport.”

While you could experience the good fortune Paralytic experienced on a flight from Dublin to Edinburgh on Friday, May 30, 2014, I would advise you to have alternate travel plans — just in case.

I still need to book a flight in October from Budapest to Dublin; and I currently have a choice to be a passenger on aircraft either operated by Ryanair for $71.00 or Aer Lingus for $104.00. Both flights are one way and arrive late at night within an hour of each other; and I have never been a customer of either airline. I am leaning towards Ryanair primarily for cost reasons.

While I am not concerned about a strike on Aer Lingus — and I will only have one bag to carry aboard with me with none to check — on which airline do you believe I should travel? Whichever airline you believe I should patronize, I plan to write a trip report of my experience…

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