Ryanair Doubles Its Capacity To 1.3m Seats Per Week In Europe, But Is Not Expanding In Republic Of Ireland
Ryanair has doubled its capacity to 1.3 million seats per week in Europe, but is not expanding in the Republic of Ireland.
As reported by The Irish Times, Ryanair has confirmed that it has increased the number of seats across its aircraft network to 1.3 million per week, which is double the number of seats that it was offering during the last seven days of May.
The Irish Times quotes Ryanair as saying, "Ryanair traffic across Europe is recovering strongly in all markets except Ireland, where the defective hotel quarantine is deterring millions of vaccinated British and EU visitors travelling here in June, July and August."
As reported by The Irish Times, Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has called on the Irish government several times to end its quarantine rules.
Europe Capacity And Sales
According to The Irish Times, news of Ryanair's increase in seat capacity came as Bank of America said that the number of seats available from European airlines could reach 80% of the number of seats that were available in 2019 this summer.
Bank of America's sky tracker reportedly calculated that during the week that ended on May 23, net seat sales on flights within Europe increased one percentage point over the previous seven days, to 32% of what seat sale were during the same period two year ago.
The Irish Times quotes Bank of America as saying, "They are now at the highest level since March 2020."
Bank of America also reportedly said that daily website visits during the week that ended on May 25 were 45% down on 2019 levels, and Ryanair, Iberia and Turkish Airlines all experienced double-figure increases in website activity.
According to The Irish Times, provider of digital flight information, intelligence and analytics for airports, airlines and travel tech companies OAG said that airlines in both western and eastern Europe boosted capacity by over 20% last week, and highlighted Ryanair's increase to 1.3 million seats, which it reportedly said is a doubling of the capacity that was offered by the Irish airline two the week before last.
As reported by The Irish Times, O'Leary said in May that Ryanair is hoping to fly four million passengers in June, and suggested that it could fly seven to nine million passengers in July, if vaccination programmes continue and no vaccine-resistant strains of COVID-19 emerge.
According to The Irish Times, Ryanair flew 14.8 million passengers during July of 2019, during which month its total traffic for that year reached 149 million passengers.
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