THOUSANDS of travellers missed their flights or had their journeys otherwise disrupted by the Aer Lingus dispute this week.
It's a row the tourism industry, struggling to attract visitors, can ill afford.
It's an unnecessary extra worry for people who must travel for business or who are going on a long-planned holiday.
The cabin crew involved and the company each believe they have right on their side.
After all, no worker puts his or her wages at risk and no company its business without good reason.
But irrespective of who is right, it is difficult to understand how it was allowed to go so far.
It is past time that heads were knocked together to resolve it.
Sooner or later, it will be sorted -- it should be done now.