Ryanair to fly 10 million passengers over festive season

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Ryanair to fly 10 million passengers over festive season

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12 December 2018

By | 12 December 2018

The Irish low-cost carrier is about to break its all-time record

Europe‘s biggest budget carrier is expecting a record performance over this year’s festive break. Between 11 December and 8 January, the airline is set to carry over 10 million passengers, 5 per cent more than over the same period last year.

Ryanair is about to experience its busiest festive season ever — Ryanair  — Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock Ryanair to fly 10 million passengers over festive season Group Created with Sketch. Ryanair is about to experience its busiest festive season ever — Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock

Saturday 22 December is going to be Ryanair’s busiest day of the festive season overall with almost 400,000 customers travelling on nearly 2,100 flights.

However, the airline will temporarily cease its operation for the Christmas Day on 25 December with the last flight landing at 5:55 pm on Christmas Eve (24 December). The service will resume in the morning of 26 December.

Ryanair has confirmed that its most popular “flying home for Christmas” routes include Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, while record numbers will jet off to the Canary Islands for Christmas in the sun.

Austria, Italy and Switzerland ski routes are also booking fast for both Christmas and New Year, the carrier said.

The airline continues with record-breaking performance despite recent strikes that took place over the year.

In November, Ryanair’s traffic grew by 8 per cent to 10.1 million passengers over the month. While welcoming another 300,000 customers from the subsidiary carrier Laudamotion, the traffic increased by 11 per cent to 10.4 million travellers overall.

Saturday 22 December is going to be Ryanair's busiest day of the festive season overall — Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock Ryanair to fly 10 million passengers over festive season Group Created with Sketch. Saturday 22 December is going to be Ryanair’s busiest day of the festive season overall — Ryanair

“Ryanair’s November traffic (which includes Laudamotion) grew by 11 per cent to 10.4 million customers, due to lower fares and the successful launch of our winter schedules,” Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said in a statement.

“We operated over 56,000 scheduled flights in November with over 88 per cent of flights arriving on time, as Ryanair continues to deliver the lowest fares, with the best punctuality of any major EU airline.”