Aer Lingus January traffic up 12.3% over same month in 2016
Airline parent IAG flew almost 6.7m people last month, up 5.5% on January 2016
Aer Lingus: Its January growth was the strongest of the four airlines that make up IAG. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
The Irish airline’s revenue passenger kilometres increased 12.3 per cent to 1,068 last month, from 951 in January 2016.
Its growth was the strongest of the four airlines that make up the group. Spanish carrier Vueling was next best, at 11.4 per cent, followed by British Airways at 3.7 per cent and Iberia on 2.2 per cent.
The four airlines flew 6.69 million people in January, 5.5 per cent more than the 6.34 million who travelled with the group during January 2016.
During the month, Iberia began selling tickets for its premium economy class, which will be fitted on 37 long-haul craft serving routes from Madrid to the US later this year.
The move is meant to help combat the growth of low-cost carriers on transatlantic routes.