Ryanair carried just 500,000 passengers in February – a drop of 95% on February 2020, when it had 10.5 million.

The low-cost carrier operated about 6% of its normal February schedule, with a 78% load factor, as the Covid-19 crisis continues.

Its rolling annual total is 32.7 million passengers, 79% down on the same time last year, when the figure was 153.8 million.

Rival low-cost carrier Wizz Air also reported a dramatic year-on-year drop, reflecting the impact of Covid-19, as its February carryings fell from three million in 2020 to 383,000 – a decrease of 87%.

Wizz operated at about 17% capacity, with a 70% load factor.

However, last month did see the opening of its 41st base – in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with one Airbus A320 aircraft from May 2021 –  and a seasonal base in Bourgas, Bulgaria, also with one Airbus A320 aircraft, between June 10 and September 12.