Ryanair has released its traffic statistics for June, revealing that the total number of passengers that the company carried last month increased by 4.9 million year-on-year to 5.3 million customers from 400,000 in June of 2020.
Number Of Flights Operated And Load Factor
Ryanair operated more than 38,000 flights last month, with a load factor of 72%.
In total in the first quarter of Ryanair’s latest financial, which consisted of April, May and June of 2021, Ryanair carried 8.1 million and had a load factor of 73%.
Ryanair Air Chief Executive Statements
According to The Irish Examiner, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said that the airline could increase its passenger capacity almost twofold across the remainder of the summer as the EU reopens for travel, and that Ryanair is expecting to carry up to nine million passengers in July and August.
The Irish Examiner quotes O'Leary as saying in an interview with Bloomberg, "We're seeing a very strong recovery in bookings, German leisure, Benelux leisure, Scandinavian leisure, heading to the beaches of Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy. We expect that to continue into July and August, which should make for a reasonable recovery."
However, only approximately 50% of the airline’s seats have been booked for July and 30% for August, compared to up to 70% normally, putting the focus on attracting customers to maximise sales and leading fares to be cut, O'Leary reportedly said.
According to The Irish Times, the number of passengers that Ryanair flew in June was 25% higher than a figure of four million that O'Leary predicted to industry analysts in May.
The Irish Times quotes O'Leary as saying, "We will certainly exceed eight million this month."
O'Leary reportedly added that travel recovery travel is well under way everywhere in Europe, except the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.