Aer Lingus services are returning to normal today, after the airline was forced to ground almost all its flights yesterday, due to a 24-hour strike by cabin crew members over rosters.

The airline has hired in planes and crews to operate extra services today, as it reschedules thousands of passengers, disrupted by the one day stoppage.

Several hundred cabin crew marched through Dublin Airport yesterday as part of their protest.

Aer Lingus normally carries 40,000 passengers on a bank holiday Friday, but almost all its planes were grounded yesterday.

Meanwhile, talks aimed at finding a solution to the dispute are due to take place next Wednesday.

Yesterday's strike is estimated to have cost the airline up to €10m.