Despite thousands of flight cancellation, Ryanair hits positive passenger number in 2017

Published on : Thursday, January 4, 2018

RyanairThe Irish low-cost budget airline, Ryanair, has reported an increase in passenger numbers for 2017 even after it had a scandal-hit year which saw it cancel thousands of flights.



Referring to its latest figures, the airline said that its annual traffic grew 10 per cent in 2017 to 129 million customers. In December, the traffic grew 3% year-on-year to 9.3 million. Meanwhile, its load factor – which gauges how efficiently the airline is filling its seats – rose one percentage point year-on-year to 94 per cent.



Kenny Jacobs, the chief marketing officer attributed the growth to lower air fares. Last year, the airline was forced to cancel 20,000 flights from autumn onwards as there was a shortage of pilots along with the wrongly allotted holiday rooster.



The latest traffic figures come a day after the airline said it was applying for a British operating license to keep flying from the UK in the event of a hard Brexit. The other airlines have also made similar moves to keep their operations work smoothly after March 2019.



Wizz Air, the Hungarian budget airline also said that it will establish a British operation in October. UK-based easyJet has also established a division in Vienna to allow it to keep flying across the EU.

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