Vueling completes clickair merger, SkyEurope fails and easyJet still tops load factor rankings

Image: Vueing
The creation of the New Vueling meant its passenger numbers were up almost 80% in both July and August.

Since last looked at Europe’s major LCCs there have been a couple of significant developments. SkyEurope ceased operations on 1 September while the merger of clickair and Vueling meant that the clickair brand disappeared from the end of June. The creation of the New Vueling meant that the airline’s passenger numbers were up almost 80% in both July and August. Ryanair and Norwegian continue to report organic growth of just under 20% in July and August, while airberlin and germanwings continue to report modest reductions in passenger numbers.

Chart: Growth
Source: Airline websites, UK CAA

Having aggressively cut capacity during winter’s passenger numbers during the summer have been comparable with those achieved in 2008. bmibaby has continued to retrench in 2009 with passenger numbers down between 20% and 40%. However, it recently announced plans to grow substantially at its East Midlands base after easyJet announced plans to withdraw from the airport some time in 2010.

Chart: Load Factor
Source: Airline websites, AENA, UK CAA
Note: Load factors for bmibaby, clickair and are “flown”, all others are “booked”.

easyJet and Ryanair continued to report the highest load factors in July and August. Most carriers reported similar or slightly better load factors during the last two months compared with a year ago. Germanwings (down 1.7 points in July) and Norwegian (up 2.7 points in August) were the most notable variances with the previous year.


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