Ryanair traffic down in February

Ryanair has released passenger and load factor stats for February 2013, during which its adjusted monthly traffic fell – as per the airline’s previous guidance – by 3% over Feb 2012 as Ryanair grounded up to 80 aircraft.

Last year, 2012, was a leap year and thus February had 29 days which accounts for a further 3% drop in traffic.

In February 2012 (29 days), the airline booked 4.47 million passengers, while in the 28 days of February 2013, 4.2 million passengers were booked. The airline counts passengers booked rather than carried because, being a no-refunds carrier (save for exceptional circumstances), all no-shows are classed as having travelled. The load factor in February 2013 was 77%, 1 percentage point up on last February’s 76%.

For the rolling 12 months to the end of February 2013, the number of passengers booked was 79.3 million, up 4% over the number booked in the 12 months to the end of February 2012. The load factor for the 12 months to the end of February 2013 was 82%.

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