Ryanair’s overseas traffic soars past 100m in 2015

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. Picture: Greg Macvean
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Ryanair today said it has become the first airline to carry more than 100 million international passengers in one year.

The Irish carrier, led by chief executive Michael O’Leary, announced the landmark traffic figure as it revealed a 25 per cent surge in traveller numbers to 7.5 million for December.

That growth helped Ryanair’s rolling annual traffic figure to December increase by 17 per cent to 101.4 million customers.

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Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: “Our traffic growth over the past two years has been remarkable, rising by 50 per cent over our December 2013 traffic figure of five million.

“We are pleased that over 101 million international customers chose to fly with Ryanair in 2015, as we became the first airline to reach this international traffic landmark.”

The figures came as rival low-cost airline EasyJet said its passennger numbers grew 4.6 per cent to more than 4.8 million last month, taking its total for 2015 to 69.8 million – an increase of 6.9 per cent on the previous year.