Aer Lingus January traffic marginally up

Aer Lingus January traffic marginally up

Aer Lingus’ total passenger numbers in January 2010 were marginally up on the previous year, the company said today, but long-haul passenger numbers were down sharply.

Total passenger numbers were 665,000, an increase of 0.6% compared to January 2009, the airline announced.

Short haul passengers were 608,000, a 3.6% increase on January 2009 and long haul passengers were 57,000, a 23% decrease on January 2009.

The airline said poor weather conditions and flight cancellations during the month had "resulted in a greater than normal difference between Aer Lingus’ booked passenger numbers and flown passenger numbers".

Overall load factor in the month was 67.4%, an increase of 3.1 points compared to January 2009, with capacity decreasing by 10.7%.

However total load factor for January 2010 based on flown passenger numbers was 64.1%.

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