Tuesday 20 February 2018

Aer Lingus dispute took toll on passenger numbers

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Industrial action by cabin crew at Aer Lingus last month severely affected the number of passengers carried by the airline, according to figures released by the carrier yesterday.

The total number of booked passengers at the airline in February fell 13.6pc to 574,000, with the decline influenced by both the disruption to flights caused by a dispute between cabin crew and management, where staff refused to work to new rosters, and a fall in capacity as Aer Lingus aligned the seats it offers with a fall in demand.

Overall capacity in February was down 16.3pc as a result of the two factors and also because Aer Arann, which operates the Aer Lingus regional service, records passenger numbers that might previously have been notched up by Aer Lingus.

The number of booked passengers on short-haul routes fell 13.3pc to 536,000, while on long-haul routes there was 17.4pc fewer booked passengers in February, at 38,000.

Shares in the airline closed down 1.1pc at 88.5 cent.

Irish Independent

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