26-Sep-2013 2:35 PM

Ryanair: 20-25% of pax are travelling for business

Ryanair stated (25-Sep-2013) more than 20% of its passengers travel on business and Ryanair has improved its services to meet the needs of its business passengers. As part of this, the carrier has signed a new American Express acceptance agreement which will provide passengers, business travellers and corporate travel departments with more ways to book the airline's fares on its website. Ryanair deputy CEO and CFO Howard Millar said: "We estimate that 20% to 25% of our passengers are travelling on business, with online check-in ensuring they avoid airport queues, while the option of priority boarding and reserved seating has proven extremely popular not only with business passengers, who can board and exit the aircraft first, or choose one of 45 pre-reserved seats, but also with families and those travelling in groups. Indeed, a recent survey of Ryanair passengers in Spain, where Ryanair is the largest carrier, highlighted that 22% of our passengers were travelling on business. It’s a similar trend across Europe; for example we currently operate approximately 32 daily flights between Dublin and London, the busiest international route in Europe and with more than 20% of business passengers on these flights, we expect that percentage to grow as we roll out a range of business-tailored services, including the option now of booking Ryanair flights with American Express. When it comes to the lowest fares, the most on-time flights and the best range of services, Ryanair is the business.” [more - original PR] 

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