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Aer Lingus passenger numbers down in September

There was growth in some areas with a surge in the number of long-haul passengers.

Image: Aero Icarus via Flickr

AER LINGUS TODAY released figures for last month’s passenger traffic, with some 983,000 people travelling with the airline in September.

The total number has fallen 2.9 per cent on the same month last year, with short-haul numbers down 4.4 per cent. Over 100,000 passengers took long-haul flights in September while 775,000 were short-haul passengers.

While the overall figure is down, there was growth in some areas with the number of people going on long-haul flights surging 11.3 per cent since September 2012. The airline’s regional service also saw an increase of 14 per cent.

The passenger load figures were down down for all flights.

Just two days ago, the airline’s main rival Ryanair reported a three per cent increase in September’s passenger traffic compared to the same month last year with its load factor also rising.

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