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Airports, Aer Lingus ready to leave Ireland

Local media talk insistently about the disengagement from Shannon's current base

“Irish sky is an ocean of clouds and light”: not even this poetic phrase by Italian singer Fiorella Mannoia could lead to a rethinking of the airline Aer Lingus on the choice of disengagement from the current base. Irish carrier would be ready to leave the reference hub, Shannon International Airport. According to local media reports, this choice of a new airport in the United Kingdom could be imminent to better deal with the coronavirus crisis and pandemic (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). The aim is to transfer the new Airbus A-321 planes currently located in Shannon to Great Britain, in order to better manage the traditional routes from there. But what will the new base be? Indiscretions are numerous, ranging from Edinburgh to Manchester, taking into account the connections with the United States (New York and Boston in the first place).

The matter immediately became political, as Ireland's Green Party specifically invited the local transport ministry to meet other government members and try to save the "abandoned" airport. Another issue to be addressed with the utmost urgency is employment. Aer Lingus is keen to reduce the wages of its employees by 20%, even though the unions are on a war footing and have clamored for new meetings with top management to redesign the pay policy.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency