Wednesday 21 March 2018

Aer Lingus numbers down 16pc

John Mulligan

Passenger numbers at Aer Lingus fell almost 16pc to 653,000 in November on foot of capacity cuts at the airline, according to data released yesterday.

On short-haul routes, passenger numbers declined 17.5pc to 581,000 last month, while on long-haul services the figure was 72,000, unchanged from November last year.

The airline's overall load factor, or the percentage of seats it filled on its aircraft, was 1.3 percentage points higher last month at 72.3pc. On long-haul routes the load factor was up 0.8 percentage points to 71.9pc, with capacity having shrunk 0.4pc year-on-year.

On short-haul services the load factor was 1.6 percentage points higher at 72.6pc, with capacity having declined by 20.6pc year-on-year. Total capacity on Aer Lingus services was 13.6pc lower last month compared to November 2009.

Aer Lingus also noted that its scheduled traffic statistics do not include passengers carried on its behalf by Aer Arann, which operates the Aer Lingus regional services franchise. They also don't include passengers carried on the Washington DC-Madrid service operated by Aer Lingus in partnership with United Airlines.

The figures from Aer Lingus came as other European carriers, including Air France-KLM and Air Berlin, reported higher passenger traffic for November and firmer load factors.

At Air France-KLM, total passenger traffic was 4.3pc higher last month, with capacity having grown 2.9pc year-on-year. EasyJet and British Airways have both reported higher monthly passenger numbers in recent days.

Irish Independent

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