Posted on: 05 March 2015 by Mark Howells
Aer Lingus has confirmed it carried a total of 627,000 passengers during February 2015 (including Aer Lingus Regional) compared with 640,000 during the same month in 2014, an increase of 2%.
However, while long-haul traffic continued to increase, up by 21.7% to 56,000 passengers in February 2015 from 46,000 for the same month in 2014, short-haul traffic was down 2.9%, with 497,000 short haul passengers carried compared with 512,000 in February 2014.
Similarly, whilst Aer Lingus’s February traffic statistics also show an increase in overall passenger load factor for 2015 in comparison to February 2014 – for the month it was up 1.9 percentage points to 69.2%, with the short-haul load factor increasing 1.6 percentage points to 70.3% and the long-haul load factor increasing by 3 percentage points to 67.7% – the short-haul load factor improvement reflects capacity reductions related to planned network adjustments.
As a result, whilst February 2015’s long-haul revenue seat kilometres (RSKs) were up 27.6% in comparison with February 2014, comparing the same two periods for short-haul RSKs showed a decrease of 3.5%. Available seat kilometres (ASKs) for February 2015 were up 22.1% on long-haul flights and down 5.7% on short-haul flights respectively in comparison with February 2014.