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Aer Lingus flyer count falls 17pc

AER LINGUS carried one-sixth fewer passengers due to the ongoing industrial disputes in January.

The airline said that the fall could also be attributed to a paring back of routes.

In January 552,000 passengers were booked to fly with Aer Lingus, a 17pc drop on last year.

The three-week standoff with 215 cabin crew over longer working hours ended on Friday with crew agreeing to work the new rosters in exchange for clarification over meal breaks, time-off and the length of tours of duty.

But the flight cancellations meant the numbers who flew were 4pc below the booking levels. The short-haul booked load factor was 62.8pc, a 4.8 points drop on the same month last year.