Ryanair benefits from ‘pent-up travel demand’ as fares and profits rise
The Dublin-based airline said average fares between October and December were 14 per cent above 2019 levels.
It recorded a profit of 211m euro (£185m) for the quarter.
That is compared with a 96m euro (£84m) loss a year earlier, and is more than double its 88m euro (£77m) profit for the same three months in 2019.
The airline carried 38.4m passengers between October and December, up 24 per cent year-on-year and 7 per cent above pre-virus levels.
Ryanair said there was “strong pent-up travel demand” during the October half-term break and the Christmas and New Year period.
There is “robust demand” for Easter and summer 2023 flights driven by the return of Asian tourists and Americans being encouraged to visit Europe due to the strength of the US dollar, chief executive Michael O’Leary explained.
He recommended that people wanting the lowest fares should book as soon as possible as “we expect these will sell out early”.
The company took delivery of 11 Boeing 737 Gamechanger aircraft in the last quarter, bringing its fleet of the more fuel-efficient aircraft to 84.
Mr O’Leary said an investment of more than 200m dollars (£161m) will save 1.5 per cent of fuel by retrofitting existing aircraft with scimitar winglets.
He added that more than 95 per cent of crews have had pandemic-related pay cuts restored by agreement.