Aer Lingus has reported a decrease in both in long haul and short haul passenger numbers for November. The fall had been predicted by the airline.

The airline said that its total flown passenger numbers, including those on its Aer Lingus regional operations, fell by 5% to 728,000 last month compared to the same time last year.

Its short haul passenger numbers, including its regional operations, fell by 4.7% to 647,000 in November. Long haul passenger numbers decreased by 6.9% to 81,000.

The airline said its short haul load factor - or how many seats it fills on each flight - fell by 1.9 points to 68.6%, with capacity reducing by 3.5%. The long haul load factor decreased by 5.7 points to 80% with capacity rising by 0.8% on the previous year.

Aer Lingus had said in its most recent trading statement that it did not expect any improvement in the short haul environment for the rest of the year, 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," the airline had said in the third quarter trading update.