Aer Lingus ‘Mystery Flight’ among 13 flights canceled at Dublin Airport today

Six Aer Lingus flights, including a ‘mystery flight’, are among 13 trips canceled at Dublin Airport today.

The airline has had to cancel two return flights due to depart from Dublin this afternoon and return tonight due to staff illness caused by Covid – EI642/643 to Prague and EI656/657 to Frankfurt.

The return of EI115/114 to Philadelphia was also canceled due to technical problems.

A “Mystery Flight” at 1.30pm also appeared in the cancellation information for some time this morning.

The 12:00 Eurowings flight from Dublin to Cologne Bonn, EW397, the 16:44 British Airways flight to London, BA829 and the 22:50 Flyone flight to Chisinau, Moldova, FIA712 will also not carried out.

Meanwhile, the 11:15 Eurowings flight from Cologne Bonn, EW 396, the 16:00 British Airways flight from London, BA830, and the 22:05 Flyone flight from Chisinau, Moldova, FIA711, deleted.

Aer Lingus has attributed the recent cancellations to “operational reasons” as it continues to deal with Covid-19 cases among staff and industrial disputes abroad.

Independent.ie contacted Aer Lingus today for information on the destination of the ‘mystery flight’ but the airline didn’t elaborate further on what it meant. It has since disappeared from the cancellation updates and it’s unclear if it referred to any of the other canceled flights.

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The airline said: “Due to a surge in Covid cases, Aer Lingus has had to cancel two return flights today, Sunday 10 July.

“In addition, due to a technical problem, a return flight was canceled today, Sunday 10 July.

“Just over 1% of Aer Lingus flights were affected by cancellations in June and July.

“Aer Lingus would like to apologize to those affected and the airline’s teams are working to re-book affected passengers on the next available flights as efficiently as possible. Affected passengers will be contacted directly by Aer Lingus.”

Independent.ie It has also been revealed in recent days that the airline is now using a “third party” to fly some routes.

Hundreds of passengers have had their holiday plans muddled as Aer Lingus canceled 11 flights between Friday and Saturday.

Some Aer Lingus customers have been notified of changes to their flights via email, informing them that they are being transported to their chosen destination by a different airline.

In an email, Aer Lingus told a customer who was due to fly within a few days: “For operational reasons, your flight is… now operated by Privilege Style on our behalf.

“Check-in for your flight remains at the Aer Lingus check-in desks.”

Privilege Style is a Spanish private airline that operates worldwide but has no ties to Aer Lingus.

The Aer Lingus email said the company is “confident that the service you receive from Privilege-style pilots and cabin crew will be of the same high standards that our customers have come to expect from us. Privilege Style meets all Aer Lingus safety standards”.

A spokesman for Aer Lingus said the airline had “anticipated the return of demand for travel once Covid restrictions have lifted and built appropriate buffers into our plans to cope with a reasonable level of additional disruption.”

They added: “Occasionally we will rent additional capacity through third parties to avoid disruption to our customers.”

Passengers from various airlines have also reported lost luggage at Dublin Airport, including an Air Canada passenger who is still trying to locate her luggage, which contains her parents’ ashes.

A spokesman for Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said it was aware of the issues some arriving passengers are facing with baggage reclaim, but the airlines are taking care of it.

“We sympathize with those affected and regret that these issues are affecting their passenger experience.

“We are working very closely with the airlines and their ground handling companies on these issues, which are at the root in the significant recruitment challenges currently faced by all companies operating in the aviation sector.”

Defense forces at the airport have been on standby since Wednesday July 6 and will continue to do so for the busy summer period for the next six weeks. Defense Forces personnel will only be dispatched to the airport when more than 20 percent of security personnel are absent due to Covid-19.

However, reports of long queues at airport security checkpoints and outside terminal buildings have decreased significantly in recent weeks.

It comes that DAA has confirmed that more than 2.8 million passengers have recently traveled through the airport, in what was the busiest month since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 12 million passengers have passed through the facility in the last six months.

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