Aer Lingus creates task force to plan staff and fleet cuts

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Aer Lingus is activating a task force "with immediate effect" to begin the process of planning compulsory redundancies and fleet reduction.

"Despite exhaustive negotiations with all union groups, the company is no closer to an acceptable deal," says the airline in a statement issued late this afternoon.

"The company has reached the final hours of negotiations and its evaluation is that, as of today, it is too far from bridging the gap with the demands of pilots and cabin crew."