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Aer Lingus sees profits fall and fares drop in 2009

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Aer Lingus, the Irish airline, has reported a loss for 2009 of 66.2m euros (£60m, $90m).

It came as its fares fell by almost 17%, with long haul fares falling most sharply, although passengers numbers rose by 3.8% to 10.4 million.

The figures were released in a short trading update one day after the company said it would delay its complete full-year results.

That move came after its cabin crew rejected a cost-cutting proposal.

Unions representing pilots, middle management, maintenance staff and some ground staff and cabin crew had accepted the proposals, which would mean a cut of some 20% in staff levels.

The company will now have to make a greater provision for those blocked cost-cutting measures, which it had hoped would save it 97m in annual operating costs.

The loss-making airline said it would release its full results "in due course".

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