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Aer Lingus Fliers Beware

Carol Sottili

Attention everyone flying Aer Lingus next week. The pilots have announced a 48-hour strike, and the airline said it will cancel all of its flights on Tuesday (Aug. 21) and Wednesday (Aug. 22). Also, no flights will operate from Ireland to the United States on Thursday, Aug. 23, and there will be only a limited schedule to Ireland on that date.

The airline's Web site,, further recommends that travel be avoided through Sunday, Aug. 26. For Washington travelers, the biggest impact will be for those departing Wednesday (there is no Tuesday flight) or returning Friday (there is no Thursday flight). Nonstop flights operate between Dulles and Dublin on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The airline's Web site says: "Disrupted passengers who have transatlantic flight reservations for travel Tuesday, August 21st and Wednesday August 22nd who can delay their travel to the week commencing Aug 27th can change their itinerary dates for free with no charge for any fare differences incurred and no change fee applied to the booking. The change booking fee and any fare difference will be waived (where appropriate) from the 'Price' page of the change process."

A press release issued Tuesday said it is contacting the 7,000 transatlantic passengers who will be impacted by the strike, offering to change flight dates, or to refund money. The airline is also "investigating alternative arrangements" including rebooking on other carriers, but with full summer travel loads, I wouldn't expect many seats to become available.

Travelers should call 800-474-7424 to change travel plans, although Aer Lingus is warning that there will be high call volume. Also, according to the airline's Web site, the call center is open only 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

By Carol Sottili |  August 16, 2007; 3:06 PM ET  | Category:  Airline Industry , Carol Sottili
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