Loss-making Aer Lingus has resolved the dispute with pilots and is seeking to minimise the impact of the one-day strike and subsequent four-day grounding of the fleet. Over the weekend of 1-2 June, the Irish carrier hammered out a deal on duty and rest hours with its pilots, who are the last of the airline's employees to accept new working arrangements set out in its survival plan. Aer Lingus is estimated to have lost €2 million ($1.8 million) a day as a result of the action and the decision to ground the fleet until a deal had been struck. Extra costs were incurred accommodating stranded passengers, and on overtime, replacing flights and aircraft leases. The carrier forecasts a €27 million loss this year.
Source: Flight International