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Today, Ryanair made public its March 2007 passenger numbers and “load factor,” or number of passengers as a proportion of commercially available seats. For the third straight month, the airline has carried fewer passengers per flight than it did over the same months in 2006. While January load factor was down 3% from 2006 numbers, February saw a load factor decrease of 1% against last year’s figures. This 1% decrease remained the same in March. The airline filled 78% of its seats this past month, against a 79% load factor in March 2006.
In terms of the number of passengers carried, however, Ryanair continues to knock the socks off its low-cost competitors. In March 2007, the airline carried 26% more passengers than it did in March 2006.
We’ve been monitoring Ryanair’s passenger tallies and load factors versus Sky Europe‘s. The Slovak low-cost carrier came out on top of Ryanair in head-to-head battles in January and February. We look forward to getting a look at their March numbers soon.