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Ryanair Tops 100 Million Passengers as Discount Flights Flourish

  • Irish airline is expanding at twice the pace of rival EasyJet
  • Low-cost leaders both operated more than 90% full in 2015
Ryanair boosted customer numbers 17 percent to 101.4 million in 2015, up from 86.4 million a year earlier.

Ryanair boosted customer numbers 17 percent to 101.4 million in 2015, up from 86.4 million a year earlier.

Photographer: Lex Van Lieshout/AFP via Getty Images

Ryanair Holdings Plc grew at more than twice the pace of EasyJet Plc last year, taking its annual passenger tally above 100 million for the first time, as Europe’s two biggest low-cost carriers tapped a surge in leisure travel and stepped up efforts to win traffic from network rivals.

Ryanair boosted customer numbers 17 percent to 101.4 million in 2015, up from 86.4 million a year earlier, while EasyJet lifted its tally 7 percent to 69.8 million. Both flew their planes more than 90 percent full on average, though the Irish company said fares softened in December after the Paris attacks.