Ryanair and Wizz Air passenger numbers in November slipped to their lowest level since the peak of the pandemic earlier this year, as the pair cut capacity amid a swathe of fresh lockdowns and travel restrictions.
The Irish low-cost carrier handled just 2 million passengers in November, figures reported this morning show. This is down 82% on the same month in 2019.
It marks the airline’s lowest monthly passenger numbers and biggest year-on-year decline since June, when its flights were at a virtual standstill. Ryanair capacity and traffic has been sliding since August, when it carried 7 million passengers - almost half previous year levels.
Wizz’s traffic numbers tumbled 85% compared with November 2019, as the airline transported just 456,000 passengers. This is the budget carrier’s lowest passenger level since May.
The traffic was based on airline capacity at a fifth of November 2019 levels.
Ryanair and Wizz are the first two European carriers to release traffic data for November.
|change vs 2019||-97||-70%||-53%||-64%||-70%||-82%|
|Wizz Air||Passengers (m)||0.5||1.8||2.4||1.6||1.1||0.5|
|change vs 2019||-86||-53%||-41%||-59%||-69%||-85%|
|Source: FightGlobal analysis of airline traffic data|