AER LINGUS has been forced to cancel a number of flights from Dublin Airport, including flights to London, as staff shortages due to Covid-19 continue to affect the airline.
According to the Dublin Airport website, five Aer Lingus flights have been cancelled for today, impacting journeys to London Heathrow, Berlin and Hamburg.
The London flights were scheduled for 07.30, 15.55 and 8.15, while the Hamburg flight was due to depart at 07.00, and the Berlin flight at 17.55.
Arrivals to Dublin Airport have also been affected, with four inbound journeys cancelled. These flights had been due to depart from London Heathrow (11.20 and 19.35), Hamburg (11.50), and Berlin (23.15).
The Irish Examiner reports that a spike in Covid cases amongst staff forced the cancellations, with the issue also affecting staff at Dublin Airport in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the Defence Forces will be trained and ready to assist at the airport in the event that staff shortages cause severe disruption to operations at the airport.
If needed, they will only work at security in non-public facing duties for a period six weeks, after which they will be stood down.