Airline says passenger numbers up

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ONE of Robin Hood Aiport’s operators has reported more passengers and improved ticket revenues.

Flybe reported the improvements over the past three months, despite higher fuel prices and the tough economic conditions.

The airline saw a 7.7 increase in passenger numbers during the three months to June compared to the same period in 2010, using figures excluding last year’s ash cloud disruption.

Average ticket income also rose by 3.4 per cent.

Chief executive Jim French said current trading was ‘encouraging’ with forward ticket sales for three months to October per cent ahead.

Despite the uncertain economic backdrop, the group is also maintaining its expectations for the year, he said.

Flybe operates flights between Doncaster and Belfast City airport, and Doncaster and Jersey in the Channel Islands.