Aer Lingus today admitted that the hot weather has had an impact on forward bookings.

The Irish carrier said that the booking profile has “somewhat eroded over July due to the good weather”.

The airline previously reported that bookings for the remainder of the year were ahead of 2012 with long-haul in the third quarter looking “particularly positive”.

Passenger carryings for July rose by 2.9% to 1.1 million passengers, including a 17.2% increase in long-haul numbers to 116,000.

The overall load factor was up by 1.3 points to 87.9%. The long-haul load factor was up by 1.5 points to 91.4%, with capacity increasing by 15.9% over the same month last year.

The short-haul load factor was 85.9%, an increase of 0.8 points on July 2012, with capacity down by 2.6%.