Ryanair's annual traffic reaches record 82.3 million customers

Ryanair’s annual traffic rose to 82.3 million in May, a record for the company and a three per cent increase on the previous year’s figures.

According to buyingbusinesstravel.com, in May Ryanair saw a four per cent traffic boost compared to the number of passengers seen in April. This means some 8.2 million passengers flew with the airline in the past month, which is an increase of 300,000, as only 7.9 million people travelled with Ryanair during the same period in 2013.

Kenny Jacobs, the airline’s chief marketing officer, says its new website, the allowance of portable electric device use on all flights and allocated seating offering have all helped boost passenger numbers.

“Ryanair continues to deliver so much more than just the lowest fares for our 82.3 million customers,” he explains, reports travelweekly.co.uk. “We are especially pleased with the three per cent point improvement in May load factor, which is slightly ahead of our two per cent point growth target.”

During May the load factor, which is the number of passengers as a proportion of the amount of seats available for them, stood at 85 per cent, whereas in the previous year it was only 82 per cent.

The figures are good news for the firm, as just a few weeks ago it announced that its profits have declined by eight per cent over the past year.