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Ryanair (RYAAY) Posts Encouraging November Traffic Statistics

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Ryanair Holdings’ (RYAAY - Free Report) November traffic report was highly impressive despite the rise in coronavirus cases in Europe. With air-travel demand skyrocketing from the 2020 levels, courtesy of increased vaccination, traffic surged more than 100% year over year to 10.2 million. Traffic in November 2020 was only two million at RYAAY.

Load factor (percentage of seats filled with passengers) in November 2021 was 86% compared with 62% in November 2020. Ryanair, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), operated more than 62,300 flights last month. You can seethe complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Though the data was more upbeat than the 2020 scenario, Ryanair’s traffic in November was 9.7% lower than 11.3 million recorded in October 2021. This decline may have been due to the rising coronavirus cases in Europe. RYAAY operated more flights (in excess of 71,500 flights) in October from the November reading.

Apart from the month-over-month decline, Ryanair’s November traffic was below the pre-pandemic levels. The airline’s November 2021 traffic fell 7.3% from the comparable period’s level in 2019. Load factor in November 2019 was also much higher, reading 96%.

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