Low-cost giants Ryanair and easyJet reported strong passenger growth in August, with Ryanair traffic increasing 12% year on year and easyJet’s up 8.4%.
Ryanair carried 7.68 million passengers in the month and easyJet 5.2 million. However, more than 40% of both airlines’ networks avoid the UK so the figures do not necessarily reflect rising demand in Britain.
In fact, traffic at Ryanair’s main UK base, Stansted, has fallen in every month but one since September 2007.
Ryanair flights were slightly less full than a year ago – the proportion of seats sold down from 90% in August 2009 to 89% last month. EasyJet fared better, with 92.3% sold last month compared with 91.8% a year ago.
The Irish carrier reported passenger numbers in the year to August reached 70.9 million, however this included 1.45 million whose flights were cancelled during the ash crisis in April.