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Aer Lingus passenger numbers up 13pc in December but figures misleading reporters

Published 09/01/2012 | 10:46

AER LINGUS has reported a 13pc hike in December passenger numbers but the figures are misleading as weather conditions during the month meant customers made multiple bookings.

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The airline flew 702,000 customers in December compared with 621,000 in the same period last year.

But the load factor – or percentage of seats filled on a plane – fell over 6pc to 68.4pc in the same period while on short haul flights the drop was 5.5pc.

The airline gave no update on a potential sale of the Government’s stake in it.

Last week, Ryanair announced that its traffic had fallen in December.

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