Ryanair loses its top airline spot to Lufthansa due to wrong roster of pilots

Published on : Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ryanair Launched an enhanced Groups travelRyanair is no longer the largest airline of Europe after it cancelled thousands of flights following a rostering issue in 2017 and had to suspend a number of routes throughout the continent.



In September 2017, the airline said that it had to cancel the flights because of an error “in the planning of pilot holidays” however its slip to the second position was more influenced by Lufthansa’s acquisition of Air Berlin.  The German airline had 9.3 million passengers in December 2017 alone.




Ryanair was Europe’s biggest airline in 2016 with 116.8m passengers, followed by the Lufthansa Group at 100.7m. The third position fillers were IAG (British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus).




The competition between Ryan air and Lufthansa continues and the former believes that they grow more organically while the later boost their figures by acquiring some other airlines. Although Ryanair is now not in the top position, its annual traffic grew by 10 per cent from 117m to 129m customers in 2017.



During Christmas, there were strikes by Ryanair pilots in Germany however that did not affect the airline’s service.

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