By Deirdre Tynan • 02 July 2021 • 17:40
Ryanair's Michael O'Leary.
Ryanair has made an astonishing year-on-year rebound with more than 13 times the number of passengers in June 2021 compared to June 2020.
Ryanair operated over 38,000 flights carrying 5.3 million passengers in June 2021, according to figures released by the low-cost carrier on July 2. In June 2020, at the height of lockdowns across Europe and severe national and international restrictions on movement, Ryanair had only 400,000 passengers for that month.
The announcement has caused Ryanair’s share price to rise on stock exchanges around the world and underscores the carrier’s optimism that it is poised to rebound as vaccinations allow for the re-opening of international travel.
On June 1, Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said the company plans to double capacity for the remainder of the summer holiday season and hopes to carry nine million passengers in July and August.
“We’re seeing a very strong recovery in bookings, German leisure, Benelux leisure, Scandinavian leisure, heading to the beaches of Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy. We expect that to continue into July and August, which should make for a reasonable recovery,” he told Bloomberg Television.
However, he admitted that only 50 per cent of available seats have been booked for July and 30 per cent for August so far, compared with up to 70 per cent pre-pandemic.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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