Ryanair suffered 82% drop in passenger numbers in November

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Ryanair Suffered 82% Drop In Passenger Numbers In November
Ryanair said the cancellations related to Belfast, Derry, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh, Morocco and Ukraine. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
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By Neil Lancefield, PA Transport Correspondent

Ryanair flew just two million passengers in November as demand for air travel continued to be hit by coronavirus restrictions.

The airline said this represents an 82 per cent decline from the same month in 2019, when it carried 10.9 million travellers.

The total number of passengers to use the carrier during the first 11 months of the year was 61.4 million, down 59 per cent on the figure of 151.6 million during the same period in 2019.

Wizz Air recorded an 85 per cent reduction in passengers in November, to just half a million.

During the month, its load factor – the average proportion of seats taken on aircraft – was 68 per cent, compared with 93 per cent in November 2019.

Airlines have blamed Covid-19 restrictions for putting people off flying.

Ireland is now implementing the European Union “traffic lights” approach to travel, which applies to travellers arriving from countries in the EU, European Economic Area and the UK.

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