05 October 2008

Ryanair numbers - still staggering - 56 million Pax

Ryanair's Load Factor for September dropped a point to 84% while its new annual rolling total rose to 56 million for the year. By our estimate - that puts the Irish carrier about on par with JAL and ahead of Northwest in terms of passengers carried.

Given the downturn in world traffic we estimate that that following the mergers, consolidations and cutbacks by the end of the year - Ryanair will be at number 6 or 7 in global terms of passengers. By the end of 2009 - this could mean that they will surpass United Airlines and make it into the top 5.

Not bad for a few lads and ladies from the Emerald Isle.

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