Budget rivals Ryanair and easyJet see January upturn

Budget rivals Ryanair and easyJet see January upturn

Budget airline rivals Ryanair and easyJet both reported increased passenger carryings for January.

The Irish carrier saw numbers rise by 25% to almost 7.5 million over the same month last year as it cut fares.

Ryanair’s load factor rose by five percentage points to 88% in the month and the rolling annual total of passengers carried was up by 17% to 102.9 million. 

EasyJet recorded a 6.3% increase to 4.2 million passengers although its load factor slipped from 85.1% in January last year to 85%.

The airline’s running annual total of passengers was up by 7.2% to more than 70 million.

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