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Published on January 5th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer

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Ryanair Carried 9.5 Million Passengers in December

Ryanair has announced that it carried 9.5 million passengers during December with a load factor of 81% on the more than 62,200 flights the airline operated during the month. This was a vast improvement on the 1.9 million during December 2020 when there were tighter travel restrictions due to the COVID pandemic. Ryanair has continued to try to boost its services and return to normality in the months since the restrictions were eased across Europe in time for the summer holiday season. The airline has carried 62 million passengers since July across its network, a huge increase on the 25 million carried during the second six months of 2020.

Ryanair carried over 152 million passengers during 2019 so there is still some way to go to get back to that level. They have been the busiest airline in Europe operating around 1,320 flights per day, this is about 1,000 flights down on their 2019 numbers. However, they are still operating over 400 flights more than Turkish Airlines and twice as many as Air France in second and third place respectively. In the week between 16th and 22nd December, Ryanair operated 12% more flights than the same period in 2019 according to stats by Eurocontrol.

Ryanair expects to have 65 of its new Boeing 737-8200 aircraft delivered in time for the 2022 summer season. The airline received nearly 40 of them between June and December. The first two aircraft for delivery in 2022 flew direct from Boeing Field to Dublin on 5th January arriving shortly after 6.00pm. These two aircraft will be operated by the Polish based subsidiary BUZZ.

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