Ryanair continues to go from strength to strength. From expanded destination lists, more flights to and from the UK and now the Irish carrier has set a new world record.
In its latest financial report, the airline revealed that its passenger numbers topped 11.3 million for July, a 12% increase on the same period a year ago. It is the first airline which has managed to carry over 11 million passengers in a single month, according to Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs.
Mr Jacobs explained that the airline was able to deliver these strong figures despite fighting against mitigating circumstances. Both the French air traffic control strikes and the ongoing uncertainty following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, an issue which Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O’Leary actively advised against, have impacted the travel sector in recent months.
Ryanair has also benefited from passengers taking advantage of its lower prices. The airline has dropped its fares 10% compared to last year and this has seen customers flocking to the company in their droves.
Mr Jacobs added: “These record passenger figures were delivered at lower fares, and thanks to the continuing success of our “Always Getting Better” programme which continues to win new customers and new markets, despite yet more French ATC strikes and continuing post-Brexit market uncertainty.
“Our customers, and in particular families, are flying in even greater numbers this summer, thanks to Ryanair’s lower fares.”
Ryanair has been expanding its schedules across the UK with a host of new routes for summer and winter. The Irish airline has announced additional services from Leeds-Bradford, Birmingham, Newcastle and Bristol to locations such as Bratislava, Vilinus, Venice, Girona, Krakow and Milan among many others.