Aer Lingus has reported a decrease in the number of passengers it carried in November, which reflected a planned reduction in its short haul capacity.

The airline said it carried a total of 702,000 passengers - including those on its regional services - last month, down 3.6% compared to the same time last year. 

Long haul traffic increased by 28.4% to 104,000 passengers, up from 81,000 in the same month last year.

Short haul traffic for the month was down 9.1% to 509,000 from 560,000 in November of last year.

Load factors - how many seats on filled on each flight - for the month slipped by 0.7% to 72.6%.

The airline's short haul load factor was flat at 68.6%, while its long haul load factor was down 76.3% to 80%.

Passenger numbers on its regional services, which is operated by Stobart Air, rose by 2.2% 89,000 from 87,000. 

The airline said its total passenger numbers for the 11 months to the end of November were up 3.7% to 10.373 million.