Aer Lingus has said the total number of passengers the airline flew, including those on its regional operations, rose by 8.2% last month to 809,000 passengers compared to March 2011.

Over the year to March, total passenger numbers were also 8.2% higher at just over 2.08 million.

The airline said that in the year to March, the number of long haul passengers rose by 12% to 167,000. 

Short haul numbers were up by 6.2% at 1.7 million.