Ryanair traffic growth hits three-year low in November
04 Dec 2017 - 14:42
London: Ryanair passenger traffic grew at the slowest pace in three years last month, data from the Irish no-frills airline showed Monday as it weathers a cancellations crisis.
Some 9.3 million passengers flew with Ryanair in November, up six percent compared with the same month a year earlier.
But last month's increase was the lowest since October 2014 and fell short of eight-percent expansion in October.
The latest data takes into account a first wave of 20,000 flight cancellations between November and March next year.
The Dublin-based carrier has been hit by pilots and cabin crew being forced to take outstanding holiday entitlement by the end of the year as part of new company rules.
It has been forced to cancel flights also because of air traffic control delays, strikes and weather disruption.
Ryanair is planning to fly 25 fewer aircraft during its European winter schedule, hitting less than one percent of its customers but more than doubling the amount of passengers originally affected by a crisis dogging the airline since mid-September.
In addition, it will operate 10 fewer aircraft from April 2018, further affecting its growth plans.