Ryanair’s April passenger travel shrunk to just 40,000 carryings, offering the starkest illustration yet of the impact of the ongoing coronavirus crisis on aviation.
The budget carrier’s April traffic figures, group wide, fell 99.6% year-on-year from 13.5 million to 0.04 million owing to EU government flight bans and restrictions.
Subsidiary Lauda operated no flights during April, while Ryanair’s 600 scheduled flights included a number of rescue and medical flights operated on behalf of EU governments.
Fellow budget outfit Wizz Air fared little better, with passenger numbers down 97.6% on April 2019 from 3.3 million to just 78,000.
Wizz has operated 71 medical cargo flights and 28 rescue flights since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe, the carrier revealed in a traffic update on Tuesday (5 May).
On 1 May, Wizz restarted operations from its Luton and Vienna bases, albeit on a heavily reduced timetable. It has also confirmed the proposed launch of its new low-cost operation, based out of Abu Dhabi, "was progressing in line with its initial timeline".