Monday 19 March 2018

Ryanair carried over 9.5m flyers last month

Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair Holdings Plc
Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair Holdings Plc
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Ryanair carried 9.55 million passengers in September, 12pc more than it did in September last year. Its load factor, or percentage of available seats filled, rose four percentage points to 94pc.

The airline said that the number of passengers it carried in the 12 months to the end of September rose 16pc to 97.3 million. Ryanair expects to carry 104 million passengers in the 12 months to the end of next March.

In an interview in the 'Financial Times' yesterday, Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said he has no intention of retiring, having signed a five-year contract last year. "Anybody who has to live with me would not put pressure on me to retire," he said.

British Airways owner IAG also released traffic figures for September yesterday. The data includes, for the first time, passenger figures from Aer Lingus. IAG finalised its acquisition of the airline last month.

IAG did not break out actual passenger figures for Aer Lingus, but said the total number carried by the group rise 21.8pc to 9.1 million in September.

That big jump was because of the inclusion of Aer Lingus figures. On a pro-forma basis in September, IAG's passenger numbers were up 8.5pc.

Transatlantic traffic was 15.1pc higher at 961,000 in September when Aer Lingus was included, but down 1.2pc otherwise. IAG also owns Iberia and Vueling. Group load factor - the percentage of available seats filled - was 84.7pc.

Irish Independent

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