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Aer Lingus managed to report almost flat overall passenger traffic during May, despite a 24-hour work stoppage by cabin crew during the month that forced the airline to cancel most of its fights that day.

The carrier said that overall passenger traffic slipped 0.8pc in May to 924,000.

On its short-haul services, passenger numbers fell 3.5pc to 795,000. On its long-haul services, the numbers were 20.6pc higher at 129,000.

On Aer Lingus Regional services, which are operated under a franchise agreement with UK transport group Stobart Air, passenger numbers actually rose 35.6pc to 122,000.

During April Aer Lingus relaunched a service to San Francisco from Dublin, and also inaugurated a route to Toronto from the capital. It has also boosted capacity from Shannon to the US.

Capacity on its US routes was 25.8pc higher in May compared to May 2013. On short-haul routes, capacity last month was 0.3pc lower.

Unchanged

In 2014, total passenger numbers at Aer Lingus, excluding those at Aer Lingus Regional, are 3.62m. That's unchanged on the corresponding period in 2013.

On long-haul services, passenger numbers are 12.9pc higher in the year to date, at 421,000. On short-haul, they're 1.5pc lower at 3.2m.

The data came as Aer Lingus continued talks with trade union Impact to prevent further strike action related to a dispute over cabin crew rosters.

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA), said yesterday that growth in global air travel picked up in April, but that air freight demand continued to moderate in line with weakening world trade growth so far this year.

The IATA added that first quarter results from global airlines indicate that they are continuing to improve their financial performance at an operating level.

The overall improvement has been driven by airlines in the United States, with airlines in Asia-Pacific continuing to show weakness.


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