Ryanair’s traffic grew 11 per cent to 13.1 million passengers in September despite it having to cancel 400 flights due to strike action across Europe.
The figures include 0.5 million passengers from Lauda, which Ryanair has taken a 75 per cent stake in, and Ryanair traffic alone reached 12.6 million, up six per cent.
Lauda’s load factor was 93 per cent in September and Ryanair flights were at 97 per cent, the same as in September last year.
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs said: “Ryanair’s September traffic (which includes Lauda traffic) grew by 11% to 13.1m customers, while our load factor was unchanged at 97%, on the back of lower fares.
“Regrettably, over 400 flights were cancelled in September because of two days of unnecessary pilot and cabin crew strikes in 5 countries, and repeated ATC staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France.
“During the entire month of September, while we cancelled just over 400 flights, we completed over 68,000 scheduled flights with more than 80% of these flights arriving on time, as Ryanair continues to deliver the lowest fares, with the best punctuality of any major EU airline.”