Aer Lingus has announced a 7% increase in passenger numbers - including Aer Lingus Regional - for August.

The airline said it carried a total of 1.205 million passengers last month, up from the 1,126 million passengers it flew the same month last year.

Its long haul passenger numbers jumped over 22% to 148,000 in August compared to 121,000 the same month last year. 

Short haul traffic also increased, rising by 3.3% to 913,000 passengers. This was up from 884,000 the same month last year. 

Passenger numbers on the Aer Lingus Regional routes - which are operated by Stobart Air - rose by 19% to 144,000 from 121,000 in August of last year.

Aer Lingus also reported a higher load factor - how many seats it fills on each flight - for last month. Its overall load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 87.8% from 86.6%. 

Its short haul load factor rose by 1.4 percentage points to 83.5% from 82.1% but its long haul load factor dipped 0.8 percentage points to 94.1% from 94.9%.