Ryanair Expects To Break Monthly Passenger Record In August

Ryanair, which is the largest airline in Europe by passenger numbers, has said that it expects to carry slightly more passengers in August than the record 18.7 million passengers it flew in July. The airline carried a record number of monthly passengers in May, June, and July, and it expects the post-pandemic rebound in travel to push traffic for its financial year up by 9% year-on-year. 


Eddie Wilson, the head of Ryanair DAC, has said that bookings for September and October are coming in as expected, and the momentum of bookings indicates that they will fill out exactly as predicted. Ryanair had previously warned that fares for passengers booking close to their departure dates had softened in June and July, but Wilson has said that the budget carrier's guidance for a low double-digit percentage rise in fares this quarter remains unchanged. 

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Wilson has also warned the German government against raising aviation security fees, saying that Ryanair would like to grow in Germany but does not need to do so to reach its overall goal of flying 300 million passengers a year by March 2034. 

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Finally, Ryanair has trimmed its full-year passenger forecast due to the impact of air traffic control strikes and potential further Boeing delivery delays, but Wilson has said that the airline has received all its new aircraft for this summer and is happy with the schedule for the next tranche of deliveries from October.

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