Ahead of trade union meeting Ryanair confirm passenger numbers rose in December
Ryanair said that its passenger numbers rose 3pc to 9.3 million in December, with its load factor one point higher at 95pc compared to the same period in 2016.
Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the increase in passenger numbers in December was due to lower fares.
The increased passenger numbers comes despite the airline’s pilots in Germany holding a four-hour walkout in December, while its pilots in other parts of Europe, including Dublin, threatened strike action during the Christmas period.
Ryanair, whose chief executive is Michael O'Leary, pictured, carried 129m passengers in the 12 months to the end of December, a 10pc increase on the previous 12-month period.
Announcing the passenger figures for December, Mr Jacobs said that passengers could look forward to even lower fares in 2018.
Today Trade union Fórsa - newly created from the merger between Impact and two other unions - will meet Ryanair executives today to begin talks aimed at establishing a collective bargaining framework for pilots at the airline.
The establishment of that framework will eventually be followed by negotiations regarding pay and conditions.
The low-fare airline is also set to meet German and British pilot unions this week.