Aer Lingus recorded an operating profit before exceptional items of €40 million for H1 2023, having delivered a very strong performance in Q2 2023. The positive H1 performance demonstrates an increased seasonality in the business with a Q1 operating loss of €81m being offset by a €121m operating profit in Q2. The Q2 operating profit demonstrates strong momentum as Aer Lingus builds towards the peak summer season in 2023.
The positive financial performance achieved by Aer Lingus in H1 2023, while still below pre-pandemic levels, allows us to continue the focus on repairing our balance sheet throughout the recovery phase and beyond which is needed to fund future investment.
Short haul to Europe also performed strongly during Quarter 2, with the sun destinations in high demand. While leisure travel has delivered strongly, business travel has not yet fully recovered, emphasising the key importance of the summer peak to the business.
We are particularly looking forward to the arrival of fans in huge numbers for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic match between Notre Dame and Navy which is taking place on Saturday, August 26, 2023 in the Aviva Stadium. We expect more than 40,000 international travellers making it the largest ever movement of US citizens to another country for a major event.