Boost for Ryanair, passenger numbers up

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Europe’s largest budget airline Ryanair handled a total of 10.9 million passengers in March 2019, up 9 percent compared with the same month last year, according to the latest statistics released by the company.

In March, over 59,800 scheduled flights were operated by Ryanair with the load factor or the occupancy rate of flights averaging 96 percent, which represented a year-on-year increase of one percentage point, said the company.

Out of all the flights operated in March, over 2,390 flights were delayed mainly due to the continued Air Traffic Control staff shortages in France, Germany and Britain, it said.

Nevertheless, the company said its flight punctuality was among the highest in the industry, reaching 94 percent in March, up 12 percentage points compared to the March figure of 2018.

Ryanair reported a 10.4-percent increase in the number of passengers it handled in the first three months of 2019, to reach a total of 30.8 million.

Headquartered in Ireland, Ryanair boasts a fleet of over 475 Boeing planes, which mainly offer flight services within Europe.

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