Aer Lingus announced it carried 648,000 passengers in February down 1.5% noting the difference with prior year leap year. In the long-haul segment it carried 43,000 passengers down 4.4% with a load factor 65% up 0.1% on a 3.5% reduction in capacity. In short-haul segment it carried 532,000 passengers down 3.9% with a load factor 70% up 1.5% on a 9.7% reduction in capacity, noting network changes reduced average sector length leading to an increase in load factor of 1.5 points compared with February 2012. Aer Lingus Regional carried 73,000 passengers up 23.% and year to date carrying 138,000 passengers. Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as a whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was similar on short-haul routes (70.0% v.70.2%) and much lower on the North Atlantic routes (65.0% v. 76.3%) Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th March 2013 All Rights Reserved.
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To celebrate The Gathering Year 2013, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has launched “The Big Welcome” competition, which will offer winners the opportunity to fly friends or family home to Ireland and to spend a week in a unique Irish heritage property such as a castle in Kilkenny, a lighthouse in Cork or a Georgian Mews in Central Dublin. Five lucky winners of “The Big Welcome” will win six free return tickets each to fly guests to Ireland from anywhere in the world during 2013. These guests will spend a week in one of a number of fabulous heritage properties owned by the Irish Landmark Trust and can also avail of a voucher to the value of €5,000 to extend their stay in any hotel registered with irishhotels.com. Complimentary car hire is also on offer as part of the package. To enter “The Big Welcome”, participants simply have to visit the Dublin and Cork Airport websites, www.dublinairport.com and www.corkairport.com and r