Monday 16 September 2019

Ryanair traffic up 6pc in January

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary Photo: Bloomberg
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary Photo: Bloomberg
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ryanair saw its passenger traffic increase to 9.3 million customers in January, a 6pc increase on the previous year.

The load factor increased by 1pc year-on-year to 91pc in January.

“Ryanair's January traffic grew by 6pc to 9.3m customers, while our load factor jumped 1pc to 91pc, on the back of lower fares,” Ryanair'sKenny Jacobs said.

“Ryanair customers can look forward to more low fares and an improved customer experience in 2018 as we roll out more Always Getting Better improvements.”

Rolling annual traffic at the low-fares airline grew by 9pc to 129 million customers.

Yesterday the airline was accused of having engaged in a "negative" start to talks with unions by a council established to represent Ryanair pilots across Europe.

In a letter to Ryanair’s chief operations officer, Peter Bellew, the EERC (European Employee Representative Council), has claimed the airline’s continuing approach will "encourage rather than slow down the exodus from our company".

Ryanair claimed that the EERC has “no legal validity or standing” and that it will “continue to ignore the so-called ‘EERC’ which represents nobody and speaks for no Ryanair pilots”.

“Since Ryanair has already agreed pay increases of up to 20pc with its UK pilots (voting in secret ballot) and a union recognition agreement with BALPA, this ‘EERC’ claim that Ryanair has engaged in ‘negative’ talks with unions is untrue,” said the airline.

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