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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Aer Lingus numbers hit by late Easter

Published 08/04/2011 | 05:00

Aer Lingus cited a late Easter as a primary reason behind an 8.4pc year-on-year drop in the number of booked passengers it registered in March.

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Releasing data yesterday, the airline said that it had 716,000 booked passengers last month.

It reported an 8.4pc fall in the number of booked passengers on its short-haul flights, to 653,000. On long-haul routes to the United States, the number was 8.7pc lower, at 63,000.

Aer Lingus also noted that it had reduced overall short-haul capacity by 4.8pc year-on-year due to planned capacity decreases out of London Gatwick and Cork.

The overall booked load factor in March declined 3.7 percentage points to 72.2pc. On short-haul services the booked load factor was down 4.5 percentage points to 71.4pc, while on long-haul it was 73.6pc, down 2.1pc year-on-year.

In the year to date, the total number of booked passengers registered by Aer Lingus has fallen 12.7pc year-on-year to 1.84 million. On short-haul services, the number is down 12.7pc, while on long-haul it has fallen 13.4pc year-on-year.

Shares in the carrier closed down almost 2.9pc, or 2.2 cent, at 74.3 cent.

Irish Independent

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