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Aer Lingus’s 2014 passenger numbers “a record”

Aer Lingus Group has reported its traffic statistics for December 2014 and the full calendar year.

For the first time, Aer Lingus carried more than 11 million passengers in a single year. The total number of passengers during 2014 was 11.1 million, including Aer Lingus Regional. This figure is up 3.2% on the 10.7 million passengers carried in 2013. The overall load factor for the year 2014 also increased, up 0.6 percentage points to 79%.

During December, the total number of passengers carried, including Aer Lingus Regional, was 705,000 – down 3.8% compared with the same month in 2013 reflecting a planned reduction in short haul capacity. Long-haul traffic increased by 20% to 102,000 passengers in December 2014, up from 85,000 in December 2013. Short-haul traffic for December 2014 was down 8.2%, with 517,000 short-haul passengers carried compared with 563,000 in December 2013.

As in November 2014, the reduction in short-haul capacity during December relates to planned network adjustments to protect margins given seasonal demand conditions.

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