Aer Lingus has reported a 2.1% increase in passenger numbers for November.

The airline said it flew 766,000 passengers in November of this year compared to the same time last year.

The figure include passengers on its regional operations.

Aer Lingus said that short haul flown passengers, including regional passengers, rose by 1% to 679,000 while long haul passenger numbers jumped by 13% to 87,000.

Its passenger load factor - how many seats it fills on each flight - increased by 1.5 points to 76.6% last month.

The short haul load factor fell by 3.1 points to 70.5 in November compared to the same time last year, with capacity decreasing by 2.7%. Aer Lingus said that its load factor was hit by threatened industrial action during the month.

But its long haul load factor rose by 8.4 points to 85.7%, as capacity rose by 1.3% compared to last year.