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Michael O’Leary Warns of 10% Rise in Air Fares this Summer

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned air fares will be higher this summer as airlines look to balance a lack of available aircraft with rising passenger demand for travel.

Mr O’Leary – group chief executive at Ryanair – said Ryanair air fares, this summer, are likely to be 10% higher than last summer.

This is mainly due to capacity constraints, as Ryanair is facing a major delay in new aircraft deliveries from Boeing and its passenger growth will be lower than expected as a result.

According to the Press Association (PA), Mr O’Leary said: “With less aircraft, maybe we’ll have to bring that 205 million down towards 200 million passengers. It might be a scratch below 200 million, we just don’t know at this stage. That probably means that even our growth this year is going to be constrained in Europe, and I think that leads to a higher fare environment across Europe for summer 2024. We’re doing our budgets based on a fare increase of 5-10%, which to me feels kind of reasonable.”

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.
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