Absolutely; although Aer Lingus has made great strides over the past three years, it is also well behind FR
in revenue generated per employee.
That said, with ambitious expansion plans, I'm surprised that they intend to get rid of so many. Ultimately, a need will arise to take on more cabin crew and pilots. It is noticeable that flight crews are unaffected by the latest announcement. Presumably, the dispute regarding the 40 or so ex-146 pilots has now been solved.
There will be arguments, but ultimately, EI
will get the numbers down to the level it wants. Still, 3,000 people in an airline that had around 6,000 employees (and less than half the number of routes) that's quite an achievement.