Just days after saying traffic would be lower than expected due to ongoing strikes, Ryanair has reported an 11 per cent increase in passenger numbers for September.

Earlier this week the Irish carrier lowered its profit guidance for the year, claiming strike action taken by pilots and cabin crew in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain and Portugal had caused “lower traffic and weaker close-in fares” than expected.

Despite having to cancel 400 flights due to the two days of industrial action, Ryanair saw traffic grow to 13.1 million passengers in September, including results from Laudamotion.

For Ryanair alone, traffic grew 6 per cent to 12.6 million passengers with a 97 per cent load factor.

 Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs claims 80 per cent of Ryanair’s 68,000 flights during September arrived on time.


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