Ryanair's September Sales Soar
20% INCREASE IN SEPTEMBER PASSENGER NUMBERS
WILL BANKERS BE NEXT TO TURN TO RYANAIR?
Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fare airline today (3rd October) announced that 5.23 million passengers travelled with them in September, a 20% increase over September 2007. Ryanair carried just over 56million passengers in the year to September 2007.
Ryanair’s continued growth underlines that passengers will no longer tolerate the high fares and fuel surcharges imposed by flag carrier airlines, such as Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus. Ryanair believes that these airlines face a bleak winter and a continuing exodus of passengers to Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares.
The following are Ryanair’s passenger and load factor statistics for September 2008.
1. Represents the number of booked seats flown by Ryanair.
2. Represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available to passengers.
Stephen McNamara, Head of Communications, said:
“Having achieved record passenger numbers throughout the summer we showed no sign of slowdown in September with 5.23million passengers taking advantage of Ryanair’s guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharge.
A lot of price sensitive leisure passengers have switched from rival, high fares airlines, to Ryanair. However, in light of the current crisis in banking and financial institutions we are confident that we will soon seen more bankers migrate to Ryanair also. Tougher economic times will see these bankers tighten the purse strings and save time and money by taking advantage of our guaranteed lowest fares and our unrivalled punctuality.”