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Aer Lingus suffers fall

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.