Ryanair aircraft parked, Photo: Ryanair.

LONDON — Ryanair has today announced its passenger results for June 2018. The carrier has seen a growth in passenger numbers and has remained consistent in their load factor numbers.

The carrier recorded a 7% increase in passenger numbers from 11.8 million in June 2017 to 12.6 million in June 2018. Load factors have remained the same at a total of 96% respectively. Rolling annual traffic in June has grown by 7% also to 132.9 million customers collectively.

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Ryanair also mentioned that flight cancelations have risen exponentially from 41 cancellations in June 2017 to 1,100 flight cancelations in June 2018 due to ATC strikes and staff shortages that have been ongoing across Europe.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “Ryanair’s June traffic grew by 7% to 12.6m customers, while our load factor remained strong at 96%, on the back of lower fares. Regrettably over 210,000 Ryanair customers had their flights canceled in June because of 4 weekends of ATC strikes and repeated UK, German and French ATC staff shortages. Ryanair calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and European governments to ameliorate the effect of ATC strikes and staff shortages in the UK, Germany, and France from disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s consumers this summer.”

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There have been 24 strike days in 2018, causing around 5,000 flight cancelations as well as thousands of delays.

Both Ryanair and IAG believe that the projected economic impact of such strikes to the EU is at around €13.4 billion, with the figure expected to rise as strikes continue.

According to the always controversial O’Leary, “the situation is particularly acute at weekends where British and German ATC providers are hiding behind adverse weather and euphemisms such as ‘capacity restrictions’ when the truth is they are not rostering enough ATC staff to cater for the number of flights that are scheduled to operate.”

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A4E airlines will lobby the European Commission (EC) into implementing a mandatory 72-hour individual notification period for employees wishing to strike as well as ensuring the protection of overflights while ensuring it does not come to “the detriment of local services” as well as guarantees on minimum operable services to be provided.

It is evident now that the carriers in A4E, including Ryanair and IAG, are growing in concern about these strikes, pushing the European Commision to act on it immediately.

If the strikes are to continue, we could see the 13.45 billion EUR figure increase exponentially.