Management / Ryanair passenger numbers soared 25 per cent in January

Ryanair passenger numbers soared 25 per cent in January

Ryanair has reported a 25% year-on-year increase in passengers last month.

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Some 7.5 million people used the Dublin-based low-cost carrier, up from six million in January 2015.

The load factor was 88% – up five percentage points from the same month last year.

The airline’s marketing chief Kenny Jacobs said the growth was due to a policy of reducing fares when demand falls and the popularity of its Always Getting Better customer experience programme, which has included reduced fees, more carry-on baggage and allocated seating.

Luton-based no-frills airline easyJet enjoyed a 6.3% rise in passengers over the same period to 4.3 million. The load factor was 85%.

Europe’s third largest low-cost airline, Norwegian, achieved 9% passenger growth to 1.7 million with a load factor of 82%.

The airline’s chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, said: “We are very pleased that we have attracted more passengers and achieved a higher load factor in a traditionally slower month.

“The growth is primarily due to international expansion, with continued UK growth at our London Gatwick base, along with new domestic flights in Spain.”

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