It is with a sense of déja vu that I read the brief: "Aer Lingus pilots reject new rostering" (Flight International, 21-27 May). In 1997, the state (owner/operator) did away with rostering agreements at my airline, claiming these were the cause of the airline's ailments.

In the ensuing five years, we witnessed a drastic reduction in the airline's network and a grossly underemployed pilot workforce with no question of rostering limitations ever creeping up. The one thing we did not ever see was profits. So what was all the fuss about?

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Source: Flight International