Showing posts from September 6, 2012

Ryanair cuts Shannon Airport routes ©

                                                      Ryanair has announced it's to close two routes from Shannon Airport to Liverpool effective 4th November and Las Palmas effective 28th October reducing its weekly flight frequencies from 26 to 22. Ryanair Spokesman Stephen McNamara told Clare FM that the move is being made 'due to high costs at Shannon'. The Las Palmas-Shannon route termination formed part of wider cuts announced in the Canary Islands on 22nd July. Ryanair has a single Shannon based Boeing 737-800 operating nine routes. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary on the annoucement of Q1 Results said "We continue to see significant opportunities to grow across Europe as many airports aggressively compete to attract Ryanair's traffic growth" (Ryanair 30th July 2012). Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th September 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Irish Airlines Report August Traffic ©

                                                      Aer Lingus announced it carried 1.116 million passengers in August up 2.2%. The airline carried 103,000 long-haul passengers up 7.3% with a load factor 93.2% up 4% and on short-haul it carried 906,000 passengers down 1.2% with a load factor 84.6% up 1.2%.  Aer Lingus Regional carried 107,000 passengers up 35.4% and year to date 658,000 passengers. The figures as usual exclude traffic carried on the United Airlines Joint-Venture Washington Dulles-Madrid route. Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was higher on short-haul routes (84.6% v 79.0%) and on North Atlantic routes (93.2% v. 90.1%). AEA short-haul traffic (RPK) was up 5.0% and North Atlantic up 5.4%.                                         Ryanair announced that it carried a record 8.9 million passengers in August up 9% with a loaf factor of 88% down 1% and year to date