Ryanair saw passenger numbers drop by 53% year on year to 7mln last month, having operated 60% of its normal schedule with a 73% load factor. In the year to date, passenger numbers have fallen to 88.9mln, or by 40% compared with 2019.
Meanwhile, Wizz Air flew 41% fewer passengers at 2.3mln, with capacity down 20% and its load factor at 71%.
Wizz’s total passenger numbers in the 12 months to August 31, were down by 28% to 26mln.
Despite the pandemic, the Eastern Europe-focused low-cost carrier added two new bases in the UK last month, and new routes in the UK, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
Shares in Ryanair dipped 1% to €11.74 while Wizz Air shed 2% to 3,676p early on Wednesday.