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Ryanair (RYAAY) June Traffic Results Hurt By Coronavirus Woes

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Ryanair Holdings (RYAAY - Free Report) posted bland traffic numbers for June, primarily due to weak air travel demand stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This Irish carrier reported a 97% year-over-year plunge in June traffic to merely 0.4 million guests. As wide-spread travel restrictions are still in place, the carrier’s LaudaMotion unit in Austria did not carry any passenger during the month. Nevertheless, in response to recent rise in demand, this Austria-based unit has reopened from Jul 1.

Ryanair operated 2800 scheduled flights in June with 95% of them arriving on time. On a rolling annual basis, total traffic at Ryanair (including the LaudaMotion unit) declined 27% to 107.2 million. Load factor (% of seats filled with passengers) was 95% on a rolling annual basis.

Owing to certain travel relaxations and air travel demand gradually increasing, this European low-cost carrier expects to carry more than 4.5 million passengers on its flights in July, per Reuters report. Thereby, we expect its July traffic numbers to sharply rise from May and June readings.

In response to the recent rise in demand, American Airlines (AAL - Free Report) has started to book its flights to full capacity from Jul 1 and Delta Air Lines (DAL - Free Report) expects to expand capacity by about 1,000 flights in both July and August. Both American Airlines and Delta carry a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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Ryanair currently carries a Zacks Rank #3.

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Long-term earnings (three to five years) growth rate for Canadian Pacific is estimated at 7.5%.

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