Ryanair’s passenger count halved in August

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Ryanair said it carried 7 million passengers in August, up 59% from July as it returned to a more regular schedule, but still less than half the number of passengers it flew a year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit air transport.Traffic was down 53% on an annual basis after Europe’s largest budget carrier operated around 60% of its normal August schedule.

It recorded a load factor of 73%, which measures an airline’s ability to fill available seats, similar to July’s level.

Last month, the airline decided to cut its flight capacity by an additional 20% in September and October after a re-imposition of some travel restrictions led to weak forward bookings, especially among travelers from business.



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