Aer Lingus has today announced traffic statistics for the month of April 2008.
Total passenger numbers grew by 4.2% in April 2008 compared to April 2007 (which had the benefit of Easter traffic). This comprises of a 4.6% increase in passenger numbers on short-haul and a 1.0% increase on long haul.
The April load factor on short haul was down to 74.3% from 79.1% in 2007, however this was in the context of a 19.8% increase in capacity on April 2007.
Long-haul load factor was down to 66.1% for April with capacity for the month increasing by 33.5% over April 2007. T
The company stated that this capacity increase "reflects the continuing effects of the introduction of two new long haul aircraft and the commencement of three new routes under Open Skies".