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Number of passengers carried by Ryanair 2011-2020

Ryanair managed to increase the number of passengers they carry in each of the financial years recorded here, growing from 75.8 million passengers in 2012 to 148.6 million passengers in 2020. Summer tends to be the busiest months, with 14.9 million passengers uplifted in August 2019.

Short introduction to Ryanair

Ryanair is an Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Dublin. Founded in 1985, the company participated in the market-making of a highly lucrative industry, namely the LCC market. Starting from the 2000s, the airline group expanded its growth strategy and developed its connectivity across Europe. As a result of effective approaches to its LCC business model, the airline company is becoming a leading one in Europe. Since 2011, the annual revenue of Ryanair more than doubled, reaching roughly 8.5 billion euros in 2019. Similarly, the passenger transport volume of Ryanair grew steadily. In 2018, the airline’s transport volume amounted to approximately 178 billion revenue-passenger-kilometers. Although Ryanair operates in Europe, it became globally one of the largest companies. As of May 2020, Ryanair held the third-largest market value amongst airlines globally.

European aviation industry

With a long history, Europe is one of the birthplaces of the aviation industry. From its establishments, the aviation market experienced a multitude of transformations while adapting to the needs and wishes of the travelers. Based on revenue comparisons, Lufthansa, Air France-KLM and International Airlines Group were three leading airlines in Europe. Yet based on the number of passengers, Ryanair was the leading airline in Europe, with roughly 152 million people transported. As across the globe, the market share of LCCs in Europe also increased, thus, transforming the entire aviation industry. In 2019, LCCs held 33 percent of the European aviation market, up from 23 percent in 2009.

Number of passengers traveling with Ryanair from 2011 to 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2020

Special properties

financial year ends on March 30 of each year.

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2019 were taken from previous reports.
Figures have been rounded.

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