|Posted : 08 Jan, 2016 17:36:25
Ryanair first airline to break through 100m passengers a year barrier
Budget airline Ryanair carried over 100m passengers for the first time in 2015, while its monthly traffic in December surged as the carrier cut fares to encourage passengers to travel after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November.
The Irish group said the number of passengers it carried in the final month of 2015 rose 25 per cent year-on-year to 7.5m, while its load factor – a key gauge in the aviation industry as it measures the number of seats filled per flight – rose three percentage points to 91 per cent.
On a yearly basis, the Dublin-based airline broke the 100m passengers barrier for the first time, as it took its passenger tally for the year to 101.4m, a 17 per cent year-on-year increase, after expanding its winter timetable and reaping the benefits of late-summer tourists flocking to the Mediterranean from northern European countries.
"We are pleased that over 101 million international customers chose to fly with Ryanair in 2015, as we became the first airline to reach this international traffic landmark," said Ryanair's chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs, according to media reports. -abdullah