Ryanair claims 100 million annual passenger landmark

8 Jan 2016 by BusinessTraveller

Ryanair claims it became the first airline to carry over 100 million international customers last year.

The low-cost carrier’s December traffic was up 25 per cent on the previous year, with annual traffic for 2015 up 17.1 per cent to 101.4 million.

Ryanair says it is the first carrier to reach this landmark in a single year, with spokesperson Kenny Jacobs commenting:

“We are pleased that over 101m international customers chose to fly with Ryanair in 2015, as we became the first airline to reach this international traffic landmark.”

Jacobs said that the figure had been made possible due to factors including the carrier’s expanding route network, high load factors, and “the continuing success of our ‘Always Getting Better’ customer experience programme”.

The airline has also confirmed details of its return to Belfast this spring.

As reported by Business Traveller on Wednesday, Ryanair is to launch flights between London Gatwick and Belfast International, the first time the carrier has served the Northern Irish capital in over five years.

Ryanair will offer a four-times daily service between the two airports, directly competing with fellow low-cost carrier Easyjet on the route.

The Irish airline says it will also add five more as –yet-undisclosed routes from Belfast International from October.

Mark Caswell

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