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On the up

Aer Lingus growing strongly, but they've still carried less in 2014 than Ryanair did last month

All in all, both airlines customer numbers are going in the right direction.

BOTH RYANAIR AND Aer Lingus carried more passengers last month than they did in the same month last year and are so far having a busier 2014 than 2013.

Ryanair broke the 8 million mark in June, flying 8.3 million passengers compared to 7.9 million the year before, a 5% increase.

Ryainair keeps a rolling annual traffic figure each month and says that in the last 12 month’s they’ve carried 82.7 million customers.

Aer Lingus showed stronger growth last month, increasing by 7.8% in June 2014 compared to 2013, but its overall customer base is of course much smaller.

Ireland’s national airline carried 1.125 million passengers last month compared to just over 1 million in 2013. So far this year they’ve had 5,235,000 passengers, a 3.4% increase.

Perhaps demonstrating how the more expensive long-haul market is beginning to recover, Aer Lingus’s long haul traffic jumped by significant 21% on a yearly basis last month.

Read: ‘Reject Ryanair offer’, Aer Lingus advises shareholders >

Read: Aer Lingus: operating losses down 83.6 per cent to €4.4m >

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