Ryanair Passenger Numbers Up Sharply, But Not Yet Recovered

Passenger traffic at Irish airline Ryanair rose sharply in August compared to a year earlier thanks to the easing of travel restrictions.

 

However, the number of passengers at the low-cost airline was still significantly lower than in 2019, before the outbreak of the corona crisis.

Ryanair carried 11.1 million passengers last month. That was 7 million a year earlier. In August 2019, there were still 14.9 million travellers. The occupancy rate on board the aircraft was 82 percent last month.

More than 71,000 flights were carried out.

CEO Michael O’Leary has previously said he is positive about the recovery in European aviation in the second half of this year due to the high vaccination coverage in Europe against the coronavirus. As a result, according to him, Ryanair could be back to pre-outbreak capacity by October.

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