Aer Lingus Struggles to Survive

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on December 14, 2009

The air travel industry has been crushed over the last year by a combination of a global recession and global pandemic which have left many travelers staying home.  The downturn in the economy forced many people to hold off on their holiday while the swine flu virus had many scared to travel for fear of their health.  This has caused many airlines to take drastic measures to ensure their survival.  Some have cut flights and staff in an effort to save money, while others have simply slashed their rates, losing profit in an attempt to fill seats on empty airplanes.  One airline that has been struggling to survive was dealt a double blow recently when one of their top executives stepped down.

Aer Lingus, the largest airline in Ireland, was dealt a double blow as its finance director quit and talks stalled between the airline and its disaffected pilots.  Sean Coyle, who was also an important part in the short haul flight’s division, announced that he would step down at the end of the month for unknown reasons.  His departure is just part of a larger string of problems Aer Lingus has faced as it sets up a taskforce to manage necessary redundancies and a reduction in its fleet after the staff rejected a voluntary scheme.  The airline says that because the union refused a wage reduction for those making more than thirty five thousand pounds, they will now have to cut over one thousand jobs as opposed the six hundred or so they initially predicted.

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