Aer Lingus strike under way

Aer Lingus cabin crew have begun their 24 hour strike at the country's major airports.

Over 200 flights have been cancelled, disrupting some 30,000 passengers.

It is all part of a dispute over roster patterns, with IMPACT Trade Union demanding that their members be given the same hours as pilots.

Aer Lingus cabin crew have been picketing here at Dublin Airport since 5am this morning as their 24-hour work stoppage enters what would normally be the morning rush.

Similar strikes are taking place at Cork and Shannon Airports.

Aer Lingus said 30,000 passengers will be affected by the disruption caused by the stoppage, costing the airline some €10m euro.

IMPACT Trade Union says cabin crew are working “erratic”, “unfair” and “excessive” hours.

They are due to march on Aer Lingus headquarters here at the airport later this morning to hand in a letter of protest.

Aer Lingus Spokesperson Declan Kearney said talks will begin next week.

The industrial dispute at Aer Lingus is not expected to affect those travelling with other airlines.

More than 2,459 flights are scheduled to pass through Dublin Airport over the next four days of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The DAA has re-allocated staff to meet passenger demand, with customer Care teams on duty across both terminals.

Passengers are being advised to arrive 90 minutes ahead of their flight's departure.

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