Aer Lingus said that a late Easter holiday period (late April) has affected the number of booked passengers for March. In 2010, Easter fell in late March. This is the reason for its figures showing an 8.4% fall in passenger volume. However, the rate of decline has slowed from the preceding two months of February and January, which saw falls of 13.6% and 17%, respectively. The airline has flown 1.84m passengers over the first quarter of the year, 12.7% lower than the 2.11m flown in the same period of 2010. The load factor fell 3.7% in March to 72.2%, from

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