Ireland's airports hit a standstill

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Airline carriers out of Ireland’s Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports had to cancel more than 100 flights on Wednesday 20 January as a result of a four-hour strike by Irish air traffic controllers. Aer Lingus has said it has cancelled 64 flights affecting some 7,000 passengers, while budget carrier Ryanair cancelled 48 flights affecting over 6,000 passengers.The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said in a statement that it regrets the inconvenience caused to the travelling public and to airlines as a result of today's stoppages by controllers. “Stoppages like those proposed cause distraction and uncertainty and the provision of a crucial and safety-critical service is difficult in an environment of uncertainty.”The IAA suspended a further two air traffic controllers on Wednesday bringing the total to 14 “because they have stopped doing work on a number of ongoing projects, work they had already been doing for the last two years,” says the IAA.  It says it wants full services restored as quickly as possible once the controllers. Picture copyright - http://www.flickr.com/photos/vincentt/
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