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Ryanair and easyJet continue strong growth, British Airways’ struggles continue in Oct-2009


Ryanair and easyJet reported another month of positive traffic results in Oct-2009, with continued traffic growth and load factors at or above 85%. British Airways, meanwhile, continues to struggle, facing a challenging combination of continued premium demand contractions and reduced overall passenger demand on UK/Europe routes, as passengers downgrade to LCCs or stay at home. [1690 words]

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  • 6.2 million passengers in the month for Ryanair
  • Traffic growth at the expense of yields
  • easyJet’s sky high load factor trend continues
  • easyJet caps medium term growth rate; criticises Ryanair’s growth strategy
  • easyJet and Ryanair combined pax of over 109 million in past 12 months
  • British Airways experiences weak premium traffic despite capacity reductions 
  • Double-digit yield and unit revenue reductions in 1H2009
  • Global industry facing continued yield pressures; “permanent changes” ahead: BA 
  • Structural changes occurring in Europe

Graphs and data:

  • Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways (UK/Europe) passenger number growth: Aug-2008 to Oct-2009
  • Ryanair traffic highlights for Oct-2009
  • easyJet traffic highlights for Oct-2009
  • Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways  (UK/Europe) PLF: Aug-2008 to Oct-2009
  • Ryanair, easyjet and British Airways (UK/European) year-on-year PLF growth (ppts): Aug-2008 to Oct-2009
  • British Airways premium and non-premium traffic contractions (year-on-year): Jun-2007 to Oct-2009
  • British Airways’ premium passenger numbers growth: Two-year change and 12 month moving average: Jun-2008 to Oct-2009
  • Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, British Airways and AEA passenger growth (% change year-on-year): Jan-2008 to Oct-2009
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