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Ryanair Is Europe's Busiest Airline At Present

Published on Jul 23 2021 1:30 PM in General Industry tagged: Ryanair / EU Digital COVID Certificate / Airline Industry

Ryanair Is Europe's Busiest Airline At Present

According to The Irish Independent, Ryanair is currently Europe's airline as the aviation sector struggles back to life, with more than 2,000 flights over the past week.

Europe’s Busiest Airline

Intergovernmental aviation agency Eurocontrol reveals data that shows domestic flights currently dominate activity for European airlines - making up eight of the top 10 routes by volume.

However, there are signs international sun-holiday routes between Mediterranean destinations and the UK and Germany are growing.

International connections from Ireland are traditionally among Europe’s busiest, but these remain quiet despite the rollout of the EU vaccination cert.

The current dominance enjoyed by Ryanair as Europe’s busiest airline reflects the slower recovery of long-haul operators versus domestic and European short-haul activity.

The Irish airline’s figure of more than 2,000 flights over the past week was still 22 percent down on the same week in 2019.

By comparison, British Airways, with a much heavier reliance on long-haul, is down 74 percent on its 2019 level.

Across Europe as a whole, the number of flights increased significantly at the start of both June and July, so that after having been stable since January at around 35 percent of 2019 levels, activity is now closer to two-thirds of what it was.

However, passenger numbers continue to lag.

The data shows cargo volumes and business travel running ahead of 2019 levels, at a Europe-wide level.

Vaccine Cert

At home, there are signs that the strong uptake in vaccinations and the advent of the vaccine cert are encouraging travellers back into the air.

The number of flights is up 31 percent over the past two weeks, though not nearly enough to be among Europe’s busiest markets.

The US, one of Ireland’s most important travel links, remains closed to European travellers, one reason overall volumes from Dublin Airport remain low compared with European peers.

US President Joe Biden said last week that the US is reviewing when restrictions that ban most non-US citizens from entering America may be lifted, after prompting from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

That raised hopes a loosening could be on the cards, until  the US retained its ban on non-essential entry to the country across its land borders with Canada and Mexico this week, in an indication that opening up to European travellers is still a distant possibility.

© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Conor Farrelly. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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