Ryanair carried 17 million passengers across its Europe-wide route network during May, according to the airline’s latest monthly traffic figures.
That figure represented a 10% year-on-year increase on the 15.4 million people who flew Ryanair in May of last year.
Similarly, Ryanair’s load factor – which measures how full its planes were – improved in May; rising by two percentage points on the same month last year to 94%.
Ryanair said it flew more than 94,400 flights in May, but that more than 300 of them were cancelled due to disruption caused by French ATC (air traffic controller) strikes; affecting roughly 54,000 passengers.
Earlier this week, Ryanair formally delivered its Protect Overflights: Keep EU Skies Open petiton to EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s office, having collected more than 1.1 million passenger signatures.
The airline has been demanding that the EU Commission does more to protect overflights and EU citizens’ freedom of movement during repeated ATC strikes in France and elsewhere.