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Article from BTNews 7 DECEMBER 2009

Irish airline gets tough

AER LINGUS new CEO has made a harsh impact with the Irish airlines’ trade unions issuing a statement noting capacity reductions and "compulsory" redundancies.  This follows the breakdown of negotiations early last week.  His main wrath was clearly the Irish Airline Pilots Association who offered "only temporary savings over a short few years" and "asked for very high compensation in return."  In another move the loss making airline has applied for a UK Air Operator’s Certificate, seen by some as the first step in re-locating, on a technical basis, the entire airline in Britain.  The carrier already has substantial bases at Belfast and Gatwick. www.aerlingus.com

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