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Aer Lin Nov passenger numbers down 5pc

Thursday, December 05 10:15:09

Aer Lingus today said that its flown passenger numbers, including Aer Lingus Regional operations, decreased by 5pc to 728,000 in November 2013 compared to November 2012.

Short haul flown passengers, including Aer Lingus Regional, in November 2013 were 647,000, a decrease of 4.7pc on November 2012, while long haul flown passengers in November 2013 were 81,000, a decrease of 6.9pc on November 2012.

Aer Lingus mainline's flown passenger load factor in November 2013 decreased by 3.3 points on November 2012 to 73.3pc. Short haul flown load factor was 68.6pc, a decrease of 1.9 points on November 2012, with capacity decreasing 3.5pc. Long haul flown load factor was 80.0pc, a decrease of 5.7 points on November 2012, with capacity increasing 0.8pc on prior year.

November passenger numbers are in line with our expectations. In our third quarter Interim Management Statement, released on 5 November 2013, we noted the following in our outlook statement:

"We do not expect any improvement in the short haul environment for the rest of 2013 which remains characterised by heavily discounted fare offerings across Europe. The 2013 outlook on long haul remains positive with the exception of some weakness expected in November".