Ryanair has reported a 7% fall in H1 profits to €1.20 billion, excluding Laudamotion losses.
The airline has attributed a 3% fall in average fares to excess capacity in Europe, an earlier Easter in Q1 and ATC strikes/staff shortages which caused a spike in cancellations of higher fare, weekend flights. Ryanair also said that higher fuel, staff and EU261 costs have offset strong ancillary revenue growth.
Commenting on the airline's results for the first half of 2018, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said, "As recently guided, H1 average fares fell by 3%. While ancillary revenues performed strongly, up 27%, these were offset by higher fuel, staff and EU261 costs. Our traffic, which was repeatedly impacted by the worst summer of ATC disruptions on record, grew 6% at an unchanged 96% load factor."
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