Aer Lingus Board Considers EGM Request

The board of Aer Lingus is considering a request for an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders to discuss the airline's controversial decision to close its Shannon-Heathrow route.

The request was put forward by Ryanair, which is now the largest shareholder in Aer Lingus. Ryanair had proposed that the Shannon operation could be retained and the new routes from Aer Lingus' new hub in Belfast facilitated, if the airline scaled back existing services to London's Gatwick airport.

Talks between pilots' union IALPA and Impact, which is representing cabin staff, and Aer Lingus, also continued on Monday at the Labour Relations Commission in Dublin.

A planned strike, over allegations that staff hired to work in Belfast would be paid less than those in the Republic of Ireland, was called off last week after talks were confirmed. These talks are due to continue on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, a motion calling on Limerick city councillors to boycott Aer Lingus was withdrawn on Monday after it failed to secure adequate support.

The government is due to discuss the issue at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the first to be held following the summer break.


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