Four Aer Lingus flights, including a ‘mystery flight’, are among the eight trips canceled at Dublin Airport today.
The canceled Aer Lingus flights are the 1:30pm Mystery Flight, EI 9405 and the 4:45pm flight to Frankfurt, EI 656.
The canceled Aer Lingus flights due to arrive in Dublin today are the 13:30 flight from Prague, EI643 and the 21:45 flight from Frankfurt, EI657.
The 12:00 Eurowings flight from Dublin to Cologne Bonn, EW397, and the 22:50 Flyone flight to Chisinau, Moldova, FIA712 will not be operated.
In the meantime, the Eurowings flight at 11:15 a.m. from Cologne Bonn, EW 396 and the Flyone flight from Chisinau, Moldova, FIA711 at 10:05 p.m. have also been cancelled.
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.
Aer Lingus was contacted today to clarify the nature of the ‘Mystery Flight’.
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.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/aer-lingus-mystery-flight-among-eight-cancelled-at-dublin-airport-so-far-today-41828536.html Aer Lingus ‘Mystery Flight’ Under Eight has been canceled so far today at Dublin Airport