Ryanair boosts August passenger numbers by 12pc
RYANAIR carried 7.68 million passengers in August, 12pc more than in the corresponding month last year, according to figures released by the airline yesterday. Its load factor -- or percentage of seats filled on aircraft -- slipped one percentage point to 89pc.
In the 12 months to August 10, Ryanair carried 70.9 million passengers and had an average load factor of 82pc.
The year-to-date figure includes 1.45 million passengers who were booked to fly on flights that were cancelled due to airport closures across Europe in April and May over volcanic ash concerns.
Rival Easyjet said it carried 5.2 million passengers in August, 8.4pc higher than in the corresponding month last year. Its load factor was 1.5 percentage points higher at 86.9pc.
Meanwhile, Flybe announced yesterday that it would launch a number of new flights from Belfast City Airport following Ryanair's announcement last week that it is terminating its base there.
Ryanair had one aircraft based at the airport, serving five routes, to London Stansted, Liverpool, East Midlands, Bristol, and Glasgow Prestwick.
It blamed a delayed runway extension for the decision.
Flybe said it would begin routes to Bristol, Liverpool and East Midlands from Belfast City Airport at the end of October, bringing to 17 the number of routes it operates from the facility.