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Profit of €90.9m for Aer Lingus

AER Lingus has reported a "strong'' operating profit of €90.9m for the three months to the end of September.

The airline said that operating profits for the year to date are now €86.5m, 29.7pc ahead of the same time last year.

It said its passenger revenue for the third quarter was 5.5pc ahead of the third quarter in 2011.

The airline's total passenger numbers in the third quarter increased by 2pc. The overall yield per passenger increased by 7.2pc. It noted that long haul yields remained particularly strong, increasing by 11.5pc on the previous year.

"The positive result reflects the on-going success of our strategy to manage capacity deployment across the network, concentrating on serving higher yielding, time sensitive demand and continuing to focus on cost reduction.

"I am particularly proud that our team has achieved this result against the backdrop of the third Ryanair offer for the group,'' Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller said.