- Aer Lingus passenger traffic is up 10.6pc in September
- Growing slower than Iberia and Vueling
Aer Lingus passenger traffic is up 10.6pc in September 2018, ahead of available seat kilometres which increased by 10.2pc. Load factor was up 0.3 to 84.
Passenger traffic in the year to date is up 9.4pc to 18,047,000, with a growth figure behind Iberia (9.9pc) and Vueling (11.3pc) but ahesd of BA (3.5pc)
IAG’s market update said that, on 12 September, Aer Lingus announced two new North American routes that will start next summer. Its flights between Dublin and Minneapolis-St. Paul commence on 8 July 2019 while services to Montreal start on 8 August 2019. Both routes will operate daily, all year round. From summer 2019, Aer Lingus will fly direct from Ireland to 15 North American destinations serving 17 transatlantic routes.
This month, British Airways announced new routes between Heathrow and Osaka, Gatwick and Kos and London City and Munich. In addition, the airline will make a multi-million-pound investment in its short haul business class cabin, Club Europe. The spend is part of British Airways’ current £4.5bn investment plan and will focus on enhanced food and drink.
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