Ryanair grows traffic in June despite ongoing battles with ATC strikes

posted on 3rd July 2018 by Justin Burns

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair grew its traffic year-on-year in June by seven per cent to 12.6 million passengers and the airline’s load factor was unchanged at 96 per cent.

This growth in numbers came despite the ATC strikes across Europe and staff shortages caused over 1,100 flight cancellations in June compared to just 41 cancellations in June last year.

Ryanair’s annual rolling traffic to June also grew YOY by seven per cent to 132.9 million passengers.

Last month, the carrier’s chief executive officer Michael O’Leary called for action by the European Commission and governments across the continent on ATC strikes and chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs made the call again.

He said: “Regrettably over 210,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in June because of 4 weekends of ATC strikes and repeated UK, German and French ATC staff shortages.

“Ryanair calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and European governments to ameliorate the effect of ATC strikes and staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France from disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s consumers this summer.”