Coronavirus: Ryanair reports 48% slump in March traffic

Ryanair expects “minimal” carryings over two months after reporting a 48% collapse in March passenger numbers.

The impact of coronavirus airspace restrictions saw carryings by Europe’s largest budget airline group dive to 5.7 million last month over March 2019.

The number of scheduled flights more than halved year-on-year to 33,000, including a number of rescue and medical flights on behalf of various EU governments.

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Ryanair handled 5.5 million passengers in the month – down from 10.5 million a year earlier – and Austrian arm Lauda carryings dropped by 50% to 200,000.

The group said: “Due to widespread EU government flight bans and restrictions, Ryanair expects to carry minimal if any traffic during the months of April and May.”

Ryanair last week announced a grounding of most of its fleet until June due to the coronavirus crisis.

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