In a statement, the Dublin-based airline said that the resumption of traffic coincides with the entry into force of the European Union (EU) covid certificate, which made it possible to ease travel restrictions during the pandemic. During the most difficult months of this health crisis, Ryanair canceled more than 90 percent of scheduled flights, with brief reopening periods, such as in July 2020, when it transported 4.4 million passengers, well below the 9.3 million for the month past, indicates the statement.
The company also improved the occupancy rate, which measures the number of seats occupied on each flight, to 80 percent in July, against 72 percent in June, when it carried 5.3 million passengers. The Ryanair group, comprising the airlines Laudamotion, Buzz, Malta Air and Ryanair UK, said today that it had flown over 61,000 flights on its European route network in July.
Last week, the carrier's CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Michael O'Leary, warned that there is still "great uncertainty" in the sector, but predicted that if the pandemic does not cause "more setbacks" and the current pace of bookings is maintained , the airline will be able to transport up to 10 million passengers in August. The executive made these statements when presenting the group's financial results for the first fiscal quarter, between April and June, in which it lost 272.6 million euros, 47 percent more than in the same period last year.