Aer Lingus flew 17.2% more transatlantic passengers in June against 2012 levels and broke their own record with 94.5% load factor. Goodbody has stated that they are “one of the best airlines in Europe”. Goodbody’s statement is correct because it includes the words “one of”. In actual fact they are still quite some way down the list. The cold reality of the Aer Lingus long haul passenger figures for June is that they are subject to various assisting pressures – Firstly the truly massive drive from the Irish government to get tourists into Ireland in 2013 through the Gathering initiative

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