LCC also reveals third quarter loss of €35 million
At the same time as it reveals a third quarter loss of €35 million, Ryanair says it is in negotiations to join a global distribution system in summer 2014.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary said the airline was working to broaden its distribution base and had already joined Google’s European Flight Search function. Now, as the airline seeks a more customer-friendly face and begins to introduce business-traveller focused initiatives, O’Leary admitted the airline was in discussion to widen its distribution.
“We are in active negotiations with a number of GDS suppliers and hope, subject to the successful conclusion of these discussions and IT integration issues, that Ryanair’s low fares and comprehensive route network will appear in one or more GDS channels by mid-year,” he said.
The airline’s third-quarter loss is its first since 2010 and comes despite a 6% rise in passenger numbers. The no-frills airline said average fares were 9% lower, leading to a €35 million loss for the quarter. Its full-year profit guidance remains unchanged at around €510 million.
“Our Q3 loss of €35 million is in line with previous guidance and is entirely due to a 9% fall in average fares and weaker sterling,” O’Leary said. “We responded to this weaker pricing environment last September with seat promotions and lower fares which stimulated traffic across all markets resulting in 6% growth in Q3, and a 1% rise in monthly load factors.
Last weekend the airline also introduced allocated seating on all its routes.
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