Aer Lingus passenger numbers climb higher in JuneFriday 04 July 2014 12.11
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.