LONDON – On July 4, the European LCC (low-cost carrier), Ryanair, announced its passenger traffic numbers for June 2022, as well as providing an overview for six previous months.
The June Increase
As the summer season begins to get into full swing, with passengers numbers beginning to get close to pre-Covid 2019 levels, Ryanair has reported that its June 2022 total passenger count stands at 15.9 million. This makes it the sixth consecutive month in a row that Ryanair’s passenger levels have increased.
Their June 15.9 million figure, is also a 500,000 increased compared to May 2022’s figure of 15.4 million passengers.
This further increased figure is thanks to increased demand as well as Ryanair operating a total of 88,500 flights in June across all of its subsidiaries alongside the mainline Ryanair. These subsidiaries are Ryanair UK, Buzz, Lauda Europe and Malta Air.
Compared to June 2021, Ryanair only carried 5.3 million passengers, so this years’ figure is some 10.6 million higher, which is a staggering 203% increase. Ryanair also saw a load factor in June 2022 of 95% compared to June 2021’s 72%, a 23% increase.
For their rolling annual figures, Ryanair has seen 134.5 million passengers between June 2021 and June 2022, compared to June 2020 to June 2021’s figure of 35.1 million passengers, again a 283% increase. The group also had a load factor between June 2021 and June 2022 of 86%, compared to June 2020 to June 2021’s 72%, a 14% increase.
For the previous six months, Ryanair have seen the following passenger figures –
- December 2021 – 9.5 million passengers with a load factor of 81%.
- January 2022 – 7 million passengers with a load factor of 79%.
- February 2022 – 8.7 million passengers with a load factor of 86%.
- March 2022 – 11.2 million passengers with a load factor of 87%.
- April 2022 – 14.2 million passengers with a load factor of 91%.
- May 2022 – 15.4 million passengers with a load factor of 92%.
This means that in six months, Ryanair’s passenger figures have increased by 6.4 million, which is a very large number when compared to some other carrier throughout Europe. As well as carrying a total of 81.9 million passengers during this six month period.
Across all of the Ryanair Group subsidiaries, the operator has a total of just over 500 aircraft, primarily all Boeing 737-800 NG (Next Generation) and Boeing 737 MAX 8 200 aircraft, apart from Lauda Europe that operates 29 Airbus A320ceo’s (Current Engine Option).
This is all thanks to many countries beginning to ease the vast majority of their Covid restrictions, and with travel being lapsed for nearly two years, many passengers are eager to get away on a well deserved break.
It is expected that Ryanair’s passenger figures will continue to grow consecutively in the coming months, however, there may well be a dip towards the end of the year when the winter season begins to settle into place. It will certainly be interesting to see how the winter season unfolds when we get to the start of it in October later this year.