Aer Lingus total booked passenger numbers, including Aer Lingus Regional operations, increased by 4.1% in August. This represents a continuation of the positive trend noted in Aer Lingus’s recent results for the second quarter of 2011. Short-haul passenger metrics were positive in August and more than offset the effects of reduced long-haul capacity caused by Hurricane Irene at the end of the month.
Booked load factor in August 2011 increased by 0.4 points on August 2010 to 86.1%. Short-haul booked load factor was 84.6%, an increase of 0.8 points on August 2010, with capacity increasing by 2.7%. Long-haul booked load factor was 89.7%, a decrease of 0.2 points on August 2010, with capacity decreasing by 4.0% as a result of Hurricane Irene at the end of the month.
Total booked passenger numbers in August 2011 were 1,030,000, an increase of 1.8% compared to August 2010. Short-haul booked passengers were 935,000, a 2.4% increase on August 2010, while long-haul booked passengers were 95,000, a 4.0% decrease on August 2010.
Aer Lingus Regional’s total booked passenger numbers in August 2011 were 82,000, an increase of 46.4% compared to August 2010.