Aer Lingus posted a 29% increase in operating profit before employee profit-sharing to €107 million ($137.1 million) for the year ended Dec. 31, up from €83 million in 2003. Net profit, however, tumbled 98% to €1.2 million from €69.2 million owing to exceptional charges of €102.5 million, of which €97.9 million was related to voluntary severance and early retirement benefits as part of implementation of the carrier's three-year business plan. "The airline ...

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