Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair’s traffic grew year-on-year (YOY) by four per cent last month to 13.1 million passengers despite ongoing troubles with strike action across Europe.
This was up on the 12.6 million in July last year and on a rolling annual traffic basis the carrier has handled 133.5 million passengers. The load factor remained the same in July at 97 per cent for the month.
Ryanair said ATC staff shortages, adverse weather and unnecessary pilot and cabin crew strikes caused over 1,000 flight cancellations in July compared to just 23 cancellations in July 2017.
The airline’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs said: “Regrettably almost 200,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in July because of repeated ATC staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France, adverse weather, and unnecessary pilot and cabin crew strikes.
“Ryanair, together with other European airlines, calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and European governments to address the effect of these ATC staff shortages which are disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s consumers this summer.”