Ryanair flew close to six million passengers across Europe last month, with 11% more seats filled than during the same four weeks last year.
The airline’s latest monthly traffic statistics, released yesterday, showed Ryanair carried 5.8m passengers during February. This was up by 1.3m, or nearly 29%, on the 4.5m it carried in the same month of last year.
Load factor for the month, which measures the level of seats filled rather than just sold, grew by 11% year-on-year and stood at 89%.
Kenny Jacobs, the airline’s chief marketing manager, said that the ongoing good data and better-than-expected load factors are being driven by the continuing success of its ‘Always Getting Better’ customer services improvements programme, the second year of which was ushered in this week and is set to see an overhaul of the company’s internal plane livery.
“With our new routes, increased frequencies and Business Plus service, Ryanair continues to deliver so much more than just the lowest fares in every market we operate in,” he added.
Ryanair also announced the purchase of three additional Boeing 737-800 vessels, bringing its total aircraft order to 383. These will be delivered next year. Its larger deal to buy 200 Boeing 737 Max 200 jets, which will begin to be delivered in 2019, will ultimately grow Ryanair’s fleet to 520 craft and its traffic to 160m passengers per year by 2024.
Also, while Ryanair has formally asked the UK Competition Commission to review its previous order for it to lower its near 30% stake in Aer Lingus to close to 5%, it said yesterday it still hasn’t been approached by IAG as part of that group’s bid to take control of Aer Lingus.
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