Northern Ireland

Aer Lingus customers set for more travel chaos with further flights cancelled

More Aer Lingus flights have been cancelled
More Aer Lingus flights have been cancelled

AER Lingus customers are set to face more travel chaos today with the cancellation of another three return flights from Dublin.

The airline last night said three return flights at Dublin Airport had been cancelled affecting services to Berlin, Manchester and Rome.

It comes amid a weekend of cancellations by the airline with a total of 16 flights grounded.

On Saturday, three return services were cancelled between Dublin and London, Dublin and Amsterdam and a return flight between London and Knock.

Three return flights scheduled for yesterday were also cancelled, affecting services to Lisbon, Milan and Amsterdam.

The airline has blamed air traffic control strikes, ongoing issues at airports and a Covid-19 spike among staff in recent days for the cancellations.

It also came after dozens of flights were grounded last week by the airline, which apologised to those passengers affected.

Aer Lingus said it "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," it added.