A Covid outbreak among flight crews has forced Aer Lingus to cancel four transatlantic flights on Tuesday.
The airline said it was being forced to cancel its Dublin to Chicago and Dublin to Boston flights, as well as return flights scheduled for tomorrow, as it coped with staff illness and “operational challenges”.
Aer Lingus has canceled several flights in recent weeks due to a surge in Covid-19 infection among staff.
The cancellation of the long-haul flights comes after the airline was forced to ground its return services from Dublin to Seattle on Monday due to staff illnesses less than a week ago, when it tweeted that it was delighted at the return of the route’s five weekly flights beginning of the pandemic.
The airline was also forced to cancel its Dublin-to-Washington flights and return flights on Monday due to a technical issue.
The airline said it is contacting passengers affected by the cancellations directly and is trying to accommodate them on the next available flights.
The move comes after passengers on both sides of the Atlantic were hit by flight delays, cancellations and problems with delayed or lost bags due to staff shortages and illness at many airports.
It comes at a time when pent-up demand for travel has resulted in large numbers of people taking to the skies.
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