Ryanair sets traffic record in July for third straight month

Ryanair  flew a record number of passengers for the third month in a row in July, the low-cost carrier said on Wednesday, carrying 18.7 million passengers in what is generally one of its most profitable months of the year.

That was up 11% on a year earlier, when a post-pandemic travel rebound was taking shape and beat the previous monthly record of 17.4 million passengers set in June. Flights were on average 96% full in June, the same as a year earlier.

The Irish airline, Europe’s largest by passengers carried, expects traffic in its financial year to March 2024 to grow by 9%, to around 183.5 million passengers

It lowered that forecast last month from 185 million due to delays in Boeing (BA.N) plane deliveries and air traffic control strikes which Ryanair said forced it to cancel over 800 flights last month.