Aer Lingus Group will scale down its base at London Gatwick to three A320s from five at the start of the summer schedule as it anticipates demand will remain "soft" in the first half of 2010, although it expects to report a "small" operating profit before exceptional items in the second half of 2009. The improved second-half performance "primarily reflects better-than-expected yields," EI said. It cited last September's reduction in its long-haul fleet and "tactical route cancellations" in ...

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