New Covid Wave Causes Disruption

A new wave of Covid is threatening to throw the travel plans of holidaymakers into disarray this summer as cases surge across Europe leaving airlines with no option but to cancel flights.

The disruption is likely to slow down the recovery of Irish tourism. Aer Lingus has warned of further disruption in Dublin Airport after it was forced to cancel 12 flights to European destinations on Tuesday due to a spike in Covid-19 cases among staff members. The virus and strikes were also to blame for the airline cancelling 13 flights last weekend. Aer Lingus said the routes hit yesterday were between Dublin and Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lyon and Munich.

The pandemic has already forced the Government to put the army on standby in case the virus causes disruption to security services at Dublin Airport, which is already struggling to process the over 50,000 passengers who are passing through it every day.

Fears have been raised in recent weeks that the kind of disruption to flights in other major European airports could be mirrored in Dublin. DAA has admitted it considered following the lead of Heathrow which made airlines cut their schedules to manage passenger numbers. To date, DAA has managed to avoid having to do so.