Aer Lingus down, easyJet up for December

Aer Lingus down, easyJet up for DecemberTotal Aer Lingus passenger numbers declined by 3.8% last month in contrast to a 20% rise by Irish rival Ryanair in December.

Aer Lingus carryings were down to 705,000 in the month due to an 8.2% drop in short-haul numbers to 517,000.

Long-haul numbers were up by 20% to 102,000 while Aer Lingus regional operations saw passengers rise by 1.2% to 86,000.

The overall load factor was down by 1.8 percentage points to 72.1%.

Ryanair handled more than 6 million passengers in December, a rise of one million over the same month in 2013.

EasyJet carried 3.2% more passengers in the month to reach 4.6 million with an improved load factor of 88.4%.

The UK budget airline’s annual carryings for the year to December were up by 6.5% to more than 65 million.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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