AER LINGUS is making arrangements to minimise the effects on passengers of the industrial action planned for this Friday.
The airline has been hiring aircraft, has cancelled ten per cent of its flights for the day and s and re-booked almost 3,000 passengers as it prepares for industrial action which could ground Shannon, Cork and Dublin.
SIPTU is due to hold a four-hour stoppage which will stop flights landing or taking off for the duration.
In order to maintain the schedule for its busiest flights, the airline is hiring in aircraft which will be put into action alongside the delayed planes, in order to catch-up on the schedule.
The action is in response to an ongoing row about a hole in the pensions pot of Aer Lingus and airport workers.
Meanwhile, European election candidate, Senator Deirdre Clune has called on SIPTU to call off the Industrial action which is set to take place between 5am and 9am.
“This will hurt tourism in Limerick. The actions of SIPTU in choosing this weekend to strike are cynical and unhelpful in the extreme. St Patricks weekend is a time for Ireland to showcase the best of our tourism product for the summer season ahead,” she said.
For customers travelling from North America on March 13, the day before the action, flights have been re-timed in order to avoid arriving during the period of industrial action. One departure from Dublin to Boston has also been re-timed on that day.
All flights from Dublin and Shannon to the US are scheduled to operate on-time on March 14. Customers are advised to check the status of their flight on www.aerlingus.com.