Tourists help Ryanair to new record

05 April 2016 08:16

Alicante, where Ryanair flies to

Alicante, where Ryanair flies to

Holidaymakers on early spring breaks helped Ryanair achieve record passenger numbers last month.

On Monday (April 4) the low-cost carrier announced an unprecedented 8.5 million customers for March.

This is 28% up on the corresponding period in 2015 when 6.6 million people travelled with Ryanair.

The figures are up despite what the firm's Kenny Jacobs describes as "unjustified" French air traffic controllers' strikes over the month. This resulted in more than 500 trips being scrapped, he says.

Protecting against the unexpected

The more prudent travellers who took out travel insurance would have safeguarded themselves against the worst that the industrial action could bring.

Such cover protects people against cancelled or delayed flights.

It also insures them against all manner of mishaps, including lost luggage, stolen possessions and missing documents.

Why Ryanair is flying high

Ryanair puts its unprecedented numbers down to reduced ticket prices and a hike in forward orders.

It also points to the ongoing success of its "Always Getter Better" programme, which strives for continuous customer service improvements.

Ryanair says that its rolling yearly footfall also jumped, with its 106.4 million passengers over the 12 months to March 2016 representing an 18% hike.

In addition, its load factor is up to 94% - a rise of four percentage points.

Mr Jacobs says that Ryanair's passengers can go on looking forward to more improvements over the course of the year.

5 of Ryanair's popular routes

• Alicante: Spain's Costa Blancan port is a favourite with architecture buffs with its coloured houses and narrow streets. A lift to the hilltop-set Castillo de Santa Barbara offers tourists spectacular views across the Mediterranean

• Barcelona: the old and new converge here with the city's cathedral and Gothic Quarter offering unique tourism opportunities, while its modern fine dining experiences are a great favourite

• Berlin: few European hotspots can beat this for top sights, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag Building and Berlin Cathedral

• Budapest: the Hungarian capital sits on the River Danube, offering marvellous views. Visitors can enjoy museums and galleries aplenty, as well as the imposing Buda Castle

• Stockholm: this cosy Swedish capital comprises cobblestone streets and quaint medieval buildings, including a cathedral dating back to the 1200s and a royal palace

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