Ryanair boarded more passengers than Lufthansa

untitledFor the first time ever in European aviation history, a low-fares carrier - Ryanair - ranks N° 1 for total number of boarded passengers!

With 57.7 millions of passengers Ryanair overtakes Lufthansa that recorded 54.7 millions passengers during 2008.

Alitalia had the worst performance with - 26% of passengers lost, followed by Iberia with -13%. Best performing airlines were Ryanair (+18%), EasyJet (+17%), Turkish Airlines (+16%) and Swiss (+10%).

Majority of airlines suffered a decrease of tickets during last months of 2008. AEA airlines had -8% passengers during December. “We have seen figures as weak as these on only three occasions in the last 25 years”, said AEA Secretary General Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus:  “in 1986, when Chernobyl and the US bombing of Libya caused major disruptions in travel patterns, in 1991 when the first Gulf War had a similar effect, and in 2001-2002 following the 9/11 attacks.  This time the upheavals are economic, and likely to be more powerful and longer-lasting than the external shocks of the past”.

Code Airline 2008 2007
FR Rynair 57,7 49,0
LH Lufthansa 54,7 54,1
AF Air France 50,0 50,4
U2 EasyJet 44,6 38,2
BA British Airways 33,6 33,6
AB Air Berlin 28,6 28,3
IB Iberia 22,8 26,4
SK Sas 25,3 25,4
KL KML 23,8 23,3
TK Turkish Airlines 21,9 19,0
AZ Alitalia 18,0 24,4
LX Swiss 13,3 12,1

(Source AEA and ELFAA, total boarded passengers 2008 in millions)


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