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Aer Lingus passenger numbers increase by almost 9 per cent

A total of 599,000 passengers flew with Aer Lingus in February, the airline has announced today.

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PASSENGER NUMBERS AT Aer Lingus increased by 8.8 per cent in February, the airline has announced today.

A total of 599,000 people flew with Aer Lingus last month, an increase of 7.5 per cent compared to February 2011 and up almost 9 per cent on January of this year.

Short haul passengers increased by 6.9 per cent on last year while long haul passengers were up by 45,000, an increase of 15.4 per cent on February 2011.

The number of people who flew with Aer Lingus’s Regional services also increased, up 22.9 per cent compared to February to 59,000.

The move is further good news for the airline. Last week the company announced pre-tax profits of €84.4 million for 2011, a higher than expected increase in profits.

Rival airline Ryanair yesterday said that its passenger numbers for February were down 2 per cent from 2011. The airline blamed the decrease on higher oil prices leading it to ground a number of its aircrafts.

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