Aer Lingus has reported an increase in the number of passengers it carried in June, but noted that its load factor - or how many seats it fills on each flight - fell.

The airline said it carried a total of 995,000 passengers in June - excluding those on its regional operations - up 4.9% on the 949,000 carried the same month last year.

But its load factor eased by 0.7% to 85.5% from 86.2% in June of last year.

Aer Lingus said that its total traffic for the first half of 2014, including its Regional flights, rose by 3.4% to 5,235,000 passengers.

But its overall numbers carried were affected by the one-day industrial stoppage in May and the knock-on effects on bookings.

The airline's short haul passenger numbers rose by 2.6% in June to 854,000 from 833,00, while its long haul passenger numbers raced 21.5% higher to 141,000 from 116,000.

Its regional operations - operated by Stobart Air - saw passenger numbers soar by 36.9% to 130,000 from 95,000 in June of last year.