Wednesday 23 May 2018

Ryanair traffic increases 28pc in March despite French strikes

Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

Ryanair traffic increased by 28pc to 8.5 million customers in March despite strikes by French aviation unions.

The airline increased its passenger numbers by 1.9 million while its load factor, the percentage of seats filled on the flight, increased to 94pc year on year.

Rolling annual traffic grew to 18pc to 106.4 million customers.

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said the French ATC strikes were "unjustified" and that they caused the cancellation of in excess of 500 flights.

"Ryanair's March traffic grew by 28% to 8.5m customers, while our load factor jumped 4% points to 94%. These record monthly numbers were delivered due to our lower fares, stronger forward bookings and the continuing success of our Always Getting Better (AGB) programme.

"Our 106m customers can look forward to further improvements in 2016 as we will shortly launch Year 3 of AGB," Mr Jacobs said.

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