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The Big Three European LCCs transport over 139 million passengers in 2009, up 7.7%


Ryanair, easyJet and Air Berlin handled over 139 million passengers in 2009 between them, a 7.7% year-on-year increase, despite 2009 being one of the most challenging years ever for the European aviation industry. The combined figure of the three LCCs is a massive 80% increase from 2005 levels. It is not surprising IATA is talking of a “structural change” in European aviation. All the growth is being gobbled up by LCCs and they continue to steal passengers, including high yielding business travellers, away from the traditional airlines. The growth of the three major European LCCs is even more impressive considering the situation facing Europe's network carriers. [1687 words]

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  • Ryanair reports double-digit passenger growth in 2009
  • LCCs have a third of intra-Europe capacity
  • Ryanair to be the world’s leading international carrier again in 2009
  • Ryanair now considerably larger than its full service counterparts
  • Ryanair’s 65.3 million passengers slightly below expectations
  • Fare sales stimulate demand, but contribute to yield weakness
  • Sky-high load factors for easyJet
  • 27.9 million pax in FY2009 for Germany’s second largest airline
  • Air Berlin prioritising profit margins over market share
  • Europe’s LCCs charting further market share growth in 2010

Graphs and data:

  • Ryanair, Air Berlin & easyJet passenger number growth: 2005 to 2009
  • Ryanair, easyJet & Air Berlin passenger number growth: Dec-2008 to Dec-2009
  • LCC capacity (seats) share within geographical regions: 2009
  • LCC capacity (seats) share within geographical regions: 2001 vs 2005 vs 2009
  • Ten largest airlines by international scheduled passengers: 2008
  • Ten largest airlines by (international and domestic) scheduled passengers: 2008 and 2009
  • Ryanair, easyJet & Air Berlin passenger load factor growth: Dec-2008 to Dec-2009
  • Ryanair, easyJet & Air Berlin passenger load factor: Dec-2008 to Dec-2009
  • Air Berlin revenue per ASK (RASK) growth (% change year-on-year) and trend line: Apr-2008 to Dec-2009
  • Air Berlin two-year change in revenue RASK (EUR cents) and trend line: Apr-2009 to Nov-2009
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