Ryanair FY23/24 Profit Rises 34% TO €1.92BN

A Ryanair 737 banks in flight.
Photo Credit: Ryanair

Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair) capped off a successful year with a significant boost in profits and passenger numbers.

The airline reported a 34% increase in full-year profit after tax (PAT) to €1.92 billion. This has served to solidify its position as a leader in the European low-cost carrier market.

This impressive financial performance comes alongside a 9% rise in passenger traffic, reaching 184 million. This number surpasses pre-pandemic levels by a substantial 23%.

Key Drivers of Growth

Several factors contributed to Ryanair’s positive performance. The airline’s unwavering commitment to cost efficiency remains a cornerstone of its success.

This is evident in its industry-leading cost base, which helped to offset rising fuel costs. This issue presented a significant challenge, faced by the entire aviation sector.

Additionally, Ryanair saw a 15% increase in revenue per passenger. This was driven by a 21% rise in average fare and a 3% growth in ancillary revenue.

This result highlights the airline’s ability to adapt its pricing strategies and cater to changing customer demands.

A Ryanair Boeing 737 in flight
Image credit: Boeing

Operational Resilience and Environmental Focus

Despite Boeing delivery delays impacting its fleet expansion plans, Ryanair managed to maintain operational resilience.

The company took delivery of 48 new Boeing 737-8200 “Gamechanger” aircraft, boasting improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

Ryanair’s commitment to sustainability is further highlighted by its industry-leading “A” rating from MSCI ESG and its top ranking among European airlines for ESG by Sustainalytics.

The airline actively invests in research partnerships with institutions like Trinity College Dublin to accelerate the deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

SAF remains a key technology for reducing the environmental impact of air travel.

Strategic Expansion amid Cautious Optimism

Ryanair remains focused on strategic expansion. The company plans to open five new bases and launch over 200 new routes for the upcoming Summer 2024 season.

This ambitious growth plan is backed by a strong financial position. Additionally, a landmark order for 300 Boeing 737-MAX-10 aircraft supports Ryanair’s long-term vision of reaching 300 million passengers by FY34.

However, the airline acknowledges some uncertainties in the near future. While bookings for Summer 2024 are trending ahead of last year, recent pricing has been softer than expected.

Ryanair remains cautiously optimistic about peak season fares, emphasizing the dependence on close-in bookings and the unpredictable nature of the travel landscape.

Close-up of a Ryanair Boeing 737
Photo Credit: Ryanair

Threats and Opportunities

The airline industry continues to face headwinds, including geopolitical tensions, potential disruptions from ongoing conflicts, and lingering effects of the pandemic.

Additionally, ongoing challenges with Boeing deliveries could hinder Ryanair’s ambitious growth plans. However, the airline is well-positioned to navigate these challenges.

Consolidation within the European airline landscape, coupled with capacity constraints due to competitor groundings and delivery backlogs, present significant opportunities for Ryanair.

The company’s strong balance sheet, robust cost management strategies, and a modern, fuel-efficient fleet position it well to capitalize on these opportunities.

A Ryanair Boeing 737 passes overhead.
Photo Credit: Lewis Chesworth/AviationSource


Ryanair’s strong financial performance in FY24 is a testament to its successful business model. The airline’s focus on cost efficiency, operational resilience, and environmental responsibility has laid a strong foundation for continued growth.

While some uncertainties remain, Ryanair’s strategic expansion plans, coupled with its ability to adapt to changing market conditions, solidify its position as a leader in the European low-cost carrier market.

As the airline navigates the evolving aviation landscape, one thing remains clear: Ryanair looks poised for a decade of profitable growth.

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