Ryanair: 15 Million Passengers at Leeds

A Ryanair Boeing 737 passes overhead.
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This week, European low-cost carrier, Ryanair, has announced that they have achieved with carrying its 15th million passenger at Leeds.

This article will cover the details of Ryanair’s latest major milestone out of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

15 Million Passengers through Leeds for Ryanair


A Ryanair Boeing 737 climbs in an overcast sky.
Photo Credit: Alf van Beem, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

On August 10, 2023, Ryanair celebrated its latest significant milestone at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the United Kingdom with the low-cost carrier carrying its 15 millionth passenger.

Ryanair’s services at Leeds first began back in 1989 with its first route operating to Ireland West Knock Airport (NOC). This year during the Summer 2023 season, Ryanair started two new routes from Leeds, they are, Porto in Portugal and Perpignan in Southern France.

Since then the carrier has grown to operate 186 weekly services to 24 destinations throughout Europe. This has coincided with $300 million in investments at Leeds with three based aircraft whilst also supporting 1100 local jobs.

Executive Comments


Commenting on their latest milestone at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Jade Kirwan, has said, “We are delighted to celebrate 15 million Ryanair passengers through Leeds Bradford Airport.”

“Ryanair has operated at Leeds Bradford Airport since 1989 and our record Summer ’23 schedule of over 186 weekly flights across 24 routes not only provides our Yorkshire customers/visitors with an unbeatable selection of sunny hotspots and vibrant European city break destinations for their Summer ’23 getaways, particularly across Bratislava, Paris-Beauvais, Limoges, Porto, Perpignan, Zadar, and more, where we operate exclusively to/from Leeds Bradford Airport, but continues to promote important regional development through the support of over 1,100 local jobs and delivery of even greater connectivity with Europe and its millions of holidaymakers.”

Adding to Kirwan’s comments, Leeds Bradford Airport’s Aviation Director, Nicola McMullen, says, “It’s fantastic to reach this milestone and celebrate a strong partnership that has lasted over three decades. Ryanair continues to deliver incredible destinations that appeal to our passengers at accessible prices. We look forward to celebrating continued success for many years to come.”

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