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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.

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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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