Aer Lingus benefits from capacity control in August

Aer Lingus has reported its August 2010 traffic figures with a small rise in the average load factor across the entire operation.

The airline cut overall capacity, in available seat kilometres (ASKs), by 13.3% to 1,794 million from 2,068 million. This was made up of a 4.5% cut in short-haul ASKs and a 27.3% cut in long-haul capacity.

The airline generated a total of 1,538 million revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs), a fall of 10.4% from August 2009’s 1,716 million. Short-haul RPKs were down 6.0%, while long-haul decreased by 17.9%.

The average load factor for August 2010 was 85.7%, 2.7 percentage points (pp) up on last August’s 83.0%. On short-haul, the load factor actually dropped slightly – by 1.2 pp to 83.8% – while on long-haul the capacity management led to a 10.2 pp rise in load factor to 89.9%.

The total number of passengers carried in August was 1,012,000, a decrease of 7.1% on last August’s figure of 1,089,000. Short-haul passenger numbers fell by 6.2% and long-haul dropped by 14.7%.

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