Ryanair’s passenger traffic rose 5pc to 4.6m in January, as the airline citing changes to its website and customer service ethos among the reasons for the increase.
The rise in its traffic came as Aer Lingus said its traffic in January was virtually unchanged at 572,000 passengers. Its long-haul passenger traffic rose 7.3pc to 59,000, while short-haul numbers were down 1pc at 513,000.
The airline had reduced capacity on its short-haul network by 2.7pc in January compared to January a year earlier, while trans-Atlantic capacity was 0.9pc higher. The carrier has just launched a year-round service between Shannon and Boston and will re-launch a service from Dublin to San Francisco as well as a new route to Toronto in coming weeks.
Aer Lingus said that its load factor, or percentage of seats filled, was 63.5pc on its short-haul services, up 0.8 percentage points, while on long-haul it was 71.7pc, up 3.5 percentage points.