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Ryanair and easyJet continue strong growth, British Airways’ challenges continue in Nov-2009


Ryanair and easyJet reported another month of positive traffic results in Nov-2009, with continued traffic growth and load factors at or above 80%. British Airways, meanwhile, continues to face a challenging combination of continued (yet improving) premium demand contractions and reduced overall passenger demand on UK/Europe routes. [1180 words]

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  • 5.0 million passengers in the month for Ryanair
  • Fare sales stimulate demand
  • easyJet’s sky high load factor trend continues
  • easyJet and Ryanair combined pax of over 110 million in past 12 months
  • British Airways sees volumes and yields stabilising in Nov-2009
  • Yields in non-premium and short-haul premium “stable”, with long-haul premium demand “showing signs of improvement”
  • Double-digit yield and unit revenue reductions in 1H2009
  • Growth during recession to position Ryanair and easyJet for post-recession opportunities, but yield weakness to create short-term pain

Graphs and data:

  • Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways (UK/Europe) passenger number growth: Nov-2008 to Nov-2009
  • Ryanair traffic highlights for Nov-2009
  • easyJet traffic highlights for Nov-2009
  • Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways  (UK/Europe) PLF: Nov-2008 to Nov-2009
  • Ryanair, easyjet and British Airways (UK/European) year-on-year PLF growth (ppts): Nov-2008 to Nov-2009
  • British Airways premium and non-premium traffic contractions (year-on-year): May-2007 to Nov-2009
  • British Airways’ passenger numbers growth: Two-year change and 12 month moving average: May-2008 to Nov-2009
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