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Covid spike leads to further Aer Lingus flight cancellations

Return flights from Dublin to Amsterdam, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Brussels were all cancelled on Friday

A COVID spike among staff has forced Aer Lingus to cancel several flights.

Return flights from Dublin to Amsterdam, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Brussels were all cancelled today.

Another three return flights have been cancelled.

Industrial action at airports in Lyon and Bordeaux also caused cancellations.

Aer Lingus apologised and said it was working to secure alternative travel options for the passengers affected.

"Just over 1 per cent of Aer Lingus flights have been impacted by cancellations in June", a spokesperson 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.

"System pressures and ongoing issues at some airports and among third party suppliers have created considerable operational challenges which have been compounded by a significant spike in Covid cases in recent days."

Three Aer Lingus flights were cancelled on Monday, 13 on Sunday and 12 on Wednesday due to air traffic control strikes in France, Italy and Spain, as well as Covid-19 cases among staff.

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