LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.com, Aer Lingus has experienced triple-digit growth in flight movements, putting the carrier in strong stead for the Winter season.
The airline has even gone as far as exceeding pre-pandemic flight movement numbers, which is a strong signal that the carrier is well on its way to recovery.
Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…
For November 12-19, Aer Lingus handled 224 movements, which is a triple-digit increase of 133.33% compared to the same period last year.
The Irish carrier has also exceeded pre-pandemic numbers by a steady 18 flights, meaning that the carrier is back in full flow and operating more than it normally would.
Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data for the carrier:
|Date||2019 Numbers||2021 Numbers||2022 Numbers||Percentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)|
|October 15-22||244 movements||114 movements||256 movements||+124.56%|
|October 22-29||230 movements||113 movements||255 movements||+125.66%|
|October 29-November 5||216 movements||105 movements||232 movements||+120.95%|
|November 5-12||211 movements||102 movements||228 movements||+123.53%|
What we can see from the last four weeks’ worth of data is that the carrier has experienced triple-digit growth across the board, and whilst flight numbers are dipping, they are still at a higher rate than in 2019.
Is Manchester Going Well for the Carrier?
Such an uptick in movements compared to 2019 could be attributed to the airline’s UK operations out of Manchester Airport.
Back in October, the airline celebrated one year of transatlantic operations out of the airport.
A month and a year ago, EI31 departed on its non-stop flight from the UK airport all of the way over to Barbados. Off the back of that, the airline then launched services to New York’s JFK on December 1, 2021, and Orlando on December 11, 2021.
In the last 12 months, the airline has operated 670 roundtrips across the Atlantic Ocean from Manchester, which is quite a big feat for the carrier.
Commenting on this milestone was Susanne Carberry, Aer Lingus’ Chief Commercial Officer:
“As direct transatlantic services from Manchester enter their second year, we are really pleased with the performance of the services.”
“Our confidence in the future will enable us to consolidate our position by offering high-quality service and direct, non-stop business and leisure travel options at competitive prices for travelers and holidaymakers to North America and the Caribbean from the North of England.”
“We are extremely proud of the whole Aer Lingus UK team who have worked so hard to make our services from Manchester such a success, and thank all our UK customers from the North of England for choosing to fly with Aer Lingus.”
It remains clear that the airline is progressing well, irrespective of the fact that numbers are beginning to dip.
Such a dip is anticipated because the Winter 2022/23 season is less busy for European carriers, meaning fewer services will be operated, but in comparison to 2019’s numbers, it’s still a good strength that the airline is conveying.
All eyes will be on the carrier to see whether this level of consistency will continue into December as well as into the rest of this season.