PHOTO: Ryanair.

LONDON – Irish Low-Cost Carrier Ryanair has today (Sept 4) published their traffic statistics for the month of August 2018.

The carrier’s total traffic grew 9% to 13.8 million customers, featuring a 97% load factor. Of those passengers, 13.3 million flew with Ryanair mainline, featuring a 5% growth.

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The other 500,000 passengers came from Laudamotion, in which Ryanair have a significant stake in. Laudamotion is also recording a 92% load factor so far since the launch of operations.

Ryanair, Boeing 737-800, EI-DWD, Airport Cologne Bonn

The carrier also said that ATC staff shortages and “one unnecessary pilot strike” on August 10 caused 550 flight cancellations in August compared to just 27 in the same period last year. 

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs commented on the results.

“Ryanair’s August traffic (which includes Lauda traffic for the first time) grew by 9% to 13.8m customers, while our load factor was unchanged at 97%, on the back of even lower fares.

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Regrettably, over 100,000 Ryanair customers had their flights canceled in August because of repeated ATC staff shortages in the UK, Germany, and France, and one day of unnecessary pilot strikes.

Ryanair, together with other European airlines, calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and Governments to correct these ATC staff shortages which are disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s consumers this summer.”

Even with Ryanair having an eventful month with their strikes and media strategy, people are still choosing to fly with Ryanair.

It will also be interesting to see whether there will be any more growth in the Laudamotion perspective. The 500,000 passenger figure is the first that Ryanair has given out.

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This is good news for the carrier as they can now continue to consolidate their growth on a per month basis before their annual findings come out later this year.