Ryanair’s traffic grew by six per cent in May to 12.5 million passengers and its load factor was up one per cent to 96 per cent – but the airline is calling for action over ATC strikes in Europe.
The low-cost carrier’s rolling annual traffic to May also grew eight per cent reaching a massive 132.1 million customers.
The Irish carrier said ATC strikes and staff shortages cause cancellation of over 1,100 flights in May 2018 versus 43 in May 2017.
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs said the traffic rise was on the back of lower fares.
He added: “Regrettably over 200,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in May because of ATC strikes (mostly French), ATC staff shortages and thunderstorms.
“Ryanair calls for immediate EU Commission action to prevent more ATC strikes and staff shortages disrupting the travel plans of Europe’s consumers this summer.”