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Ryanair handles record 72 million passengers in 2010

5-Jan-2011

Ryanair handled a record 72 million passengers in 2010, representing growth of 10% from 65.3 million passengers in 2009. This result will no doubt enable Ryanair to retain its status as the largest international carrier by passenger numbers in 2010. In 2009, Ryanair was the largest international carrier in the world, according to IATA, with almost 24 million more international passengers than Lufthansa.

Largest international carriers by passenger number: 2009

Ryanair was the fifth largest carrier worldwide by total passengers in 2009, behind only Southwest, American, Delta and China Southern and significantly ahead of United, Lufthansa and US Airways. Ryanair handled around 12 million more passengers than Lufthansa and 17 million more passengers than Air France in 2009. 

Largest carriers by passenger number (domestic and international): 2009

CEO Michael O’Leary has continuously stated the carrier has benefitted from the recession. “The old analysis is that in a recession people stop flying, or fly less. In fact it’s not true. They just become much more price sensitive and switch off the high-fare carriers and on to Ryanair,” he said. The carrier added that it expects to continue to gain market share across Europe from the "big three" network carriers – Air France-KLM, British Airways and Lufthansa.

Around 4.3 million pax in weather-affected Dec-2010

Ryanair handled 67.7 million passengers in the 11 months to Nov-2010, representing year-on-year growth of 12.1%. This implies that around 4.3 million passengers were handled in Dec-2010, in a month that saw carriers’ affected by snow-related cancellations at various European airports. Dec-2010 traffic data has yet to be released by the carrier.

Ryanair fleet and passenger growth : 2009 vs  2010

Month

2009 pax

2010 pax

Rolling 12 months pax

2009 load Factor

2010 load factor

Rolling 12 month LF 

January

4,075,531

4,438,287

65,644,800

69%

70%

82%

February

4,128,368

4,372,353

65,888,785

78%

75%

82%

March

4,698,067

5,313,281

66,503,999

77%

79%

82%

April

5,281,247

6,179,309

67,402,061

82%

83%

82%

May

5,513,360

6,470,111

68,358,812

81%

81%

82%

June

5,836,355

6,713,559

69,236,016

85%

84%

82%

July

6,725,066

7,607,428

70,118,378

89%

88%

82%

August

6,883,814

7,681,485

70,916,049

90%

89%

82%

September

6,119,510

6,841,547

71,638,086

85%

86%

82%

October

6,162,799

7,024,838

72,500,125

85%

85%

82%

November

4,961,949

5,060,424

72,598,600

80%

80%

82%

December

4,895,978

         

Total

65,282,044

Approx 72,000,000

       

Also in 2010, Ryanair reported a new monthly record of more than 7.7 million passengers in Aug-2010. The busiest day of travel for Europe’s largest LCC was on 30-Jul-2010 when more than 255,000 passengers flew on 1400 Ryanair services. The busiest booking day was 26-Apr-2010 when 310,000 bookings were made on the carrier’s website.

Pax and fleet growth slowing but off a large base

Ryanair’s growth trajectory is expected to continue albeit at a slower pace, with 2010 likely to mark the last calendar year of double-digit traffic growth.

Ryanair passenger numbers (mill) and passenger growth (%): 2003 to 2014

Ryanair, upon the release of its 1HFY2011 financial results in Nov-2010, had stated it expected to report passenger growth of 11% in FY2011 (12 months to Mar-2011) to approximately 73.5 million before growth slows to the single digits. However, Ryanair stated it would continue it growth trajectory, adding 6.5 million passengers in FY2012 and 5.0 million passengers in FY2013. This would represent fleet and traffic growth of 28% by 2013.

Ryanair fleet and passenger growth

FY to Mar 

Total fleet

Disposals

Pax traffic

Pax growth

2010

232

-3

66.5m

+14%

2011

272

-10*

73.5m

+11%

2012

294

-3*

80.0m

+9%

2013

299

-10*

85.0m

+6%

Meanwhile, the carrier, also in Nov-2010, raised its full-year profit outlook with the carrier now expecting to exceed the upper end of its previous forecast range of EUR350 million to EUR375 million, to report a profit of EUR380-400 million subject to 4Q yields.


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