Ryanair down, easyJet up in January

Ryanair down, easyJet up in January

Ryanair passenger numbers dropped by 50,000 in January as it grounded 80 aircraft after the Christmas peak flying period.

Numbers were down by 1% on the same month last year although the load factor remained constant at 71%.

The budget airline carried 79.6 million passengers in the year to January at a load factor of 82%.

A spokesman said: “As previously guided, Ryanair’s January 2013 traffic fell by 50,000 (-1%) over January 2012 as we grounded up to 80 aircraft following the busy Christmas season.

“However, Ryanair enjoyed another record 12-month period to January 2013, with almost 80 million passengers choosing one of our ultra-low fares since January 2012.”

Budget rival easyJet, meanwhile, increased its passenger carryings by 4% in January to more than 3.8 million.

The airline achieved an improved load factor of 84.4% against 82% in January 2012. Carryings for the 12 months to January increased by 7% to 59.3 million.

Aer Lingus also reported January figures today, recording a 3.6% rise in the number of passenger carried to 638,000 over the same month last year. Short-haul numbers, including Aer Lingus Regional, were up by 2.8% to 583,000 while long haul passengers grew by 12.2% to 55,000.

The Irish airline’s short-haul load factor was up by 0.2 points to 62.7% while long-haul was up by 6.4 points to 68.2% as capacity increased by 2.9% year on year.



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