DUBLIN, Ireland - May 5 (Xinhua/Big News Network) -- Europe's largest budget airline Ryanair on Wednesday reported a monthly growth in its April passenger numbers for the first time in the past 14 months.
In April, Ryanair carried one million passengers, up sharply from 40,000 passengers it carried in the same month of last year, the airline said in a press release posted on its website.
April 2020 saw a 99.6-percent decrease in Ryanair's monthly traffic volumes, the sharpest drop in the airline's monthly passenger numbers since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company.
Ryanair did not feel the impact of the pandemic until March 2020, when the airline reported a 48-percent fall in its passenger numbers due to flight restrictions imposed in many European countries to prevent the spread of the virus.
The drop in Ryanair's March 2020 passenger numbers ended a continuous monthly growth of its traffic volumes since March 2014, the company said.
Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer (CEO) of Ryanair, said earlier this year that Ryanair expects to carry up to 70 percent of its normal passenger numbers in the coming peak summer months, which extend from June to September.
Prior to the pandemic, the number of passengers annually carried by Ryanair was close to 150 million.
Headquartered in Ireland, Ryanair mainly operates short-haul flights in Europe, the Middle East, and parts of North Africa with a fleet of around 460 aircraft servicing the following destinations:
Armenia | Gyumri - Shirak, Yerevan - Zvartnots
Austria | Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Vienna
Belgium | Brussels, Charleroi
Bosnia and Herzegovina | Banja Luka
Bulgaria | Burgas, Plovdiv, Sofia, Varna
Croatia | Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zadar
Cyprus | Larnaca, Paphos
Czech Republic | Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice, Prague
Denmark | Aalborg, Aarhus, Billund, Copenhagen,
Estonia | Tallinn
Finland | Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Tampere
France | Bergerac, Beziers, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Carcassonne, Clermont-Ferrand, Dinard, Dole, Figari, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Lille, Limoges, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Nimes, Paris, Perpignan, Poitiers, Rodez, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tours
Germany | Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Memmingen, Munich, Mnster, Nuremberg, Rostock, Stuttgart
Greece | Athens, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Kalamata, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos, Preveza - Aktion, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos
Hungary | Budapest
Ireland | Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Knock, Shannon,
Italy | Alghero, Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Comiso, Crotone, Cuneo, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Parma, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Rimini, Rome, Trapani, Trieste, Turin, Venice, Verona
Latvia | Riga
Lithuania | Kaunas, Palanga, Vilnius
Luxembourg | Luxembourg City
Malta | Malta
Montenegro | Podgorica
Netherlands | Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Maastricht
Norway | Haugesund, Oslo
Poland | Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Lublin, Olsztyn-Mazury, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Warsaw, Wroclaw
Portugal | Faro, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Porto, Terceira
Romania | Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Oradea, Timisoara
Serbia | Nis
Slovakia | Bratislava, Kosice
Spain | Alicante, Almeria, Barcelona, Bilboa, Castellon, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Jerez De La Frontera, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Menorca, Murcia, Reus, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia, Valladolid, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Zaragoza
Sweden | Gothenburg, Malmo, Stockholm, Vxj
Switzerland | Basel, Geneva, Zurich
Turkey | Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman
Ukraine | Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa
United Kingdom | Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Derry, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newquay, Southend-on-Sea
Morocco | Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouoira, Fez, Marrakesh, Nador, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier, Ttouan
The Middle East
Israel | Eilat, Ovda, Tel Aviv
Jordan | Amman, Aqaba
Lebanon | Beirut