Belfast Telegraph

Passenger numbers at Ryanair soared 25% last month

By Neil Lancefield

Ryanair has reported a 25% year-on-year increase in passengers last month.

Some 7.5 million people used the Dublin-based low-cost carrier, up from six million in January 2015.

The load factor was 88% - up five percentage points from the same month last year. Ryanair opens a hub at Belfast International Airport next month.

The airline's marketing chief Kenny Jacobs said the growth was due to a policy of reducing fares when demand falls and the popularity of its Always Getting Better customer experience programme, which has included reduced fees, more carry-on baggage and allocated seating.

Luton-based no-frills airline easyJet enjoyed a 6.3% rise in passengers over the same period to 4.3 million. The load factor was 85%. Europe's third largest low-cost airline, Norwegian, achieved 9% passenger growth to 1.7 million with a load factor of 82%.

Belfast Telegraph