Ryanair and Aer Lingus see passenger numbers rise
BOTH of the country’s two largest airlines saw passenger numbers rise in August.
Ryanair carried 9.02m people, an increase of 1pc compared to the same month in 2012.
The airline said it is the first European airline to ever carry 9m passengers in one month.
The carrier’s load factor – the number of seats filled compared to total capacity – was 89pc. This is significantly higher than its annual average load factor of 82pc.
Releasing its traffic statistics, the airline pointed out that while it carried 9m people in a month, Aer Lingus carried 9m in a year.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus’ total passenger numbers for August show a 0.9pc annual increase to 1,126,000.
While short haul passenger numbers fell 0.8pc to 1,005,00, long haul flown passenger numbers saw a hike of 17.5pc to 121,000.
Its load factor – the amount of seats the airline fills per flight – dropped by 0.7 points to 86.6pc last month.
According to the airline, a decline in short haul figures was a result of the summer’s heatwave, which was forecast in Aer Lingus’ first half outlook statement earlier this year.
Short haul load factor decreased by 2.5 points to 82.1pc last month and capacity fell by 1.9pc.
The firm’s flown passenger load factor decreased by 0.7 points to 86.6pc based on August 2012.
Long haul flown load factor saw an increase of 1.7 points to 94.9pc, however, with a 15.7pc increase in capacity year on year.