Stansted: Record November for budget airline Ryanair
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Budget airline Ryanair said today it carried 5.2million passengers last month, representing its best-ever November.
The Irish-based carrier, which is the largest operator out of Stansted Airport, added that its load factor ? the proportion of available seats actually sold ? rose by a full percentage point compared with November 2012 to 81%.
Last month’s passenger figure represented a 6% increase compared with the 4.9m flown in November last year and takes the company’s rolling annual total to 81.2m, a 2% increase compared with the previous 12 months, with a load factor of 83%.
Ryanair spokesman Robin Keily said: “Ryanair carried over 5m customers in November 2013, a new record for November, thanks to the success of Ryanair’s offer of lower fares.
“Our load factor rose 1% to 81% and we enjoyed a record 12 months, with over 81m customers choosing one of Ryanair’s low fares, the first time we have carried over 81m passengers in a 12-month period.”
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The end of November saw Ryanair launch two new routes from Stansted, with daily flights to Dortmund in Germany and a twice daily service toand Lisbon in Portugal.
Earlier last month, Ryanair also announced plans to increase capacity on its flights to and from Stansted Airport by 1.3million seats next summer.
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The budget carrier will launch 12 new routes and increase frequencies on 17 others, as part of plans to increase passenger volumes at Stansted from just over 13m a year to more than 18m by 2018.
Its commitment follows a new agreement with the new owner of Stansted, Manchester Airports Group, which acquired the airport from the former BAA group earlier this year.