THE number of passengers flying long-haul on Aer Lingus flights last month dropped by 23pc within the last month.
The airline closed a number of US routes last year and said it would not have to buy planes until 2013.
However, the number of passengers on short-haul flights rose 3.6pc to 608,000 as the airline benefited from the opening of a base in Gatwick.
It was the 10th consecutive rise in short-haul passenger numbers. The rise in short-haul passenger numbers pushed up the airline's total passenger numbers by 0.6pc last month.