Aer Lingus not ruling out compulsory job cuts and closures at Cork and Shannon

Aer Lingus is not ruling out compulsory job cuts and closing its bases at Cork and Shannon aiports as it continues to grapple with Government travel restrictions.

The news comes as it emerged that the Irish airline lost €316 million during the first six months of the year as Covid-19 travel bans hit Europe and the US.

Sean Doyle, Aer Lingus chief executive told staff on Friday that jobs would be cut on a “compulsory basis if necessary” but stressed that redundancies would be voluntary if possbile.

The airline has already signalled that it could have to cut up to 500 jobs while Mr Doyle confirmed this week that it was in talks with unions.

He told workers there was no immediate sign on any meaningful restart of flights from Cork and Shannon airports.

“As such we are reviewing the scale of our flying programme from these airports and the ongoing viability of our regional bases there,” Mr Doyle warned.

He told staff that the company had been unable to make progress with unions representing cabin crew and ground staff.

At the same time, he noted that the Government had failed to act on the recommendations of its own Aviation Recovery Task Force, which include a call to ease travel restrictions.