|This week Ryanair announced seven new routes to Allgaeu-Memmingen airport in Bavaria – and re-christened the airport “Memmingen (Munich West)” – it lies around 100km from the Bavarian capital. Routes include Alghero, Alicante, Barcelona Girona, Barcelona Reus, Dublin, London Stansted and Pisa.|
Latest available figures for eight of Europe’s biggest LCCs, shows that only two, Norwegian and Ryanair, have reported continued growth in all months since January 2008. While February’s figures do not take into account the extra day in 2008, this only accounts for 3.4 percentage points of difference. Even with this adjustment easyJet reported a monthly traffic drop possibly for the first time in its history.
Even Ryanair saw its legendary double-digit growth fall to just 7.6%, though with the February adjustment this would be over 10%.
|Source: Airline websites, UK CAA|
All other reporting LCCs experienced traffic falls in recent months with SkyEurope and Vueling passenger numbers down 20%. While Vueling’s financial position has improved as it has cut back capacity (and it is about to merge with clickair to gain further financial synergies) the future of SkyEurope still looks uncertain with no figures available yet for February.
|Source: Airline websites, AENA, UK CAA
Note: Load factors for bmibaby, clickair and jet2.com are “flown”, all others are “booked”.
Load factors reached their seasonal low in January and have started to recover well in February led once again by easyJet. clickair’s load factors, derived from actual flown passenger data provided by AENA, are consistently below those of its competitors. The difference between “flown” and “booked” load factor (which includes no-shows and staff travel) varies but is typically around five percentage points. Even allowing for this difference (which also applies to bmibaby and Jet2.com) clickair’s load factors are still among the lowest being reported among LCCs.