Monday 22 October 2018

Ryanair passenger growth slows in November

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ryanair passenger traffic grew by 6pc in November to 9.3 million customers, a fall on the 8pc growth experienced in October.

The 6pc growth is smallest rise in growth since October 2014, when the Dublin-based company posted a 5pc gain.

Rolling traffic increased by 500,000 in the month to 128.7 million customers.

With one month of the year left it is very unlike that the airline will reach its original goal of 131 million passengers for the year, after flight cancellations took their toll.

Meanwhile next year's passenger forecast has recently year been cut by four million to 138 million.

Load factor for November was 96pc – unchanged from October.

Yesterday, the interim European Employees Representative Council (EERC), formed in the wake of September's flight cancellations at Ryanair, wrote to Ryanair pilots urging them to sign up to the national pilot association.

"We are united and strong, stronger than the pilot body in this company has ever been in its history," said the EERC, which alleges that several pilots from its self-styled 'company councils' announced over the last three weeks have been subjected to some form of investigation or disciplinary procedure.

Last night, Ryanair said it does not comment on what it described as "false claims or speculation from pilot unions or their front, the 'so-called EERC'".

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