COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Irish aviation industry. A year and a half later, we see airlines in Ireland collapsing, Lufthansa considering to pull out of Shannon and all Aer Lingus operations closed down in what was once a promising airport.
“I would have held Lufthansa Shannon up as the Mother Ship…but the opposite has transpired over the past 18 months,” said Paul Gaughran speaking to Aviationhub365. Paul has been working for Lufthansa Technik at Shannon Airport. However, he has since changed this and is now working in Dublin airport.
But be warned, I’m very negative towards Dubs in General. Its been hell trying to adjust to their standards after coming up from Co. Clare and the Lufthansa Way of doing things
The pandemic hasn’t really changed much at Dublin Aerospace. The business has been scaled back though. ‘We closed for one weekend on the first lockdown, and then we were considered “essential services” so reopened the following Monday.’
The company hasn’t relatively changed other than the fact that the workers were split into 2 groups. “The company of approx 400 had been split into 2 shifts instead of everyone working 7am – 4pm. We now have 2 shifts 6am – 14:30pm & 15:00 – 23:30.”
When asked about what the government can do about the industry Paul said “The Irish government appear to have abandoned the airlines, I feel a support package should be considered.”
The biggest change was how quiet the Runways are. That’s it really.
“I would like to see enough to secure the future of airline staff, pilots, crews. Support the staff. Not the airlines bank balance.”
I feel like it’s hard to disagree with him. Looking back, 1 airline closed down, Aer Lingus pulled out of Shannon, United did likewise & hundreds are furloughed.
What can the government do?
Well, that’s a tricky thing to predict. People are calling for a “support package” – as Paul was saying. Minister for Transport Eamonn Ryan has been hounded over this. Almost every day he’s asked what’s going on. But hasn’t really done anything about it.
Speaking to Paul and many others employed in the industry, I get a sense of urgency and panic. These are people’s livelihoods. People’s jobs. People feel let down or even betrayed.
Hopefully, the COVID-19 Green Certificate from the EU will help.
It might be the thing they need.