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Aer Lingus to drop 230 cabin crew jobs

Aer Lingus aircraft
Aer Lingus is to drop 230 cabin crew jobs

Aer Lingus cabin crews who rejected the company's cut-back plans are to lose their jobs.

The 230 cabin crew now face compulsory redundancy with the new plans being implemented within days.

The news was announced on Tuesday after crews voted against the airline's 97m euro cost-cutting exercise.

Staff at four other Aer Lingus sections voted in favour of the cut-back plans which include new salary levels and changes to working conditions.

Earlier, the Irish airline reported a loss for 2009 of 66.2m euros (£60m, $90m).

The company said fares fell by almost 17%, with long haul fares falling most sharply, although passengers numbers rose by 3.8% to 10.4 million.

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