Ryanair’s traffic grew year-on-year nine per cent in August to 13.8 million passengers despite continued battles with ATC strikes across Europe.
The monthly figures included Austrian-based subsidiary Lauda for the first time which Ryanair took a 75 per cent stake in last month and added 0.5 million passengers to the total, boosting passenger traffic growth by four per cent.
In August the load factor for Ryanair was 97 per cent, the same as in August 2017 and for Lauda it was 92 per cent.
Ryanair said ATC staff shortages and one unnecessary pilot strike (10 AugUST) caused almost 550 flight cancellations in August compared to just 27 cancellations in August 2017.
Ryanair chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs said: “Regrettably, over 100,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in August because of repeated ATC staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France, and one day of unnecessary pilot strikes.
“Ryanair, together with other European airlines, calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and Governments to correct these ATC staff shortages which are disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe’s consumers this summer.”