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Air travellers hit by yet more flight cancellations with flights to and from Belfast impacted

Aer Lingus customers were hit by flight cancellations out of Belfast, Dublin and London Heathrow on Sunday. Picture by Artur Widak/PA Wire

AIR travellers have been hit by yet more flight cancellations over the weekend with flights to and from Belfast impacted.

Aer Lingus customers in Belfast as well as travellers in Dublin were among affected after their flights cancelled on Sunday.

The airline said it was the result of air traffic control strikes, ongoing issues at airports and a Covid-19 spike among staff in recent days.

In a statement, the airline said: "Aer Lingus anticipated the return of demand for travel once Covid restrictions were removed and built appropriate buffers into our plans in order to deal with a reasonable level of additional disruption.

"This weekend, system pressures from ATC strikes, and ongoing issues at airports and among third party suppliers have regrettably necessitated the cancellation of some flights.

"This pressure on the system has been compounded by a spike in Covid cases among our own teams in the last number of days.

"Where cancellations have occurred, Aer Lingus has sought to re-accommodate disrupted passengers on the next available alternative service.

"Aer Lingus wishes to apologise to those customers that have been impacted."

An easyJet flight from Palma to Belfast International Airport was also cancelled on Saturday leaving holidaymakers stranded in the Majorca capital.

A family of 10 from Belfast were among those who had been due to travel home on the easyJet flight, but were informed on Saturday morning their flight due to take off later that day had been cancelled.

Two family members were able to board a flight the following day, but the remaining eight passengers were only due to fly home last night.

One relative said the family were left to find their own accommodation in Palma for the additional two nights.

Meanwhile, numerous flights at Dublin Airport were facing significant disruption today.

At least 20 flights, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Delta Airlines, were all subject to delays.

It came after the airport had its busiest weekend of the year with more than 50,000 passengers passing through its doors.

On Sunday, the Dublin Airport Authority said passengers faced delays at check-in and bag drop areas due to "staffing challenges" facing airlines throughout Europe.

However, it said security queues were moving well during the busy period.

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