Aer Lingus carried 1.1 million passengers in August, an increase of 2.2% on the same month last year.

Long haul traffic was up 7% to 103,000, despite the company having cut back a significant number of routes.

The airline reported a 93% load factor, or percentage of seats filled on long haul, primarily transatlantic, routes last month.

Aer Lingus Regional’s total passenger numbers in August 2012 were 107,000 an increase of 35.4% compared to August 2011.