Ryanair earnings in the first quarter of 2022


A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 aircraft prepares for takeoff at Krakow Airport.

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LONDON – Low-cost airline Ryanair said Monday it is still facing a “challenging” environment and could end the fiscal year “somewhere between a small loss and breakeven” as Covid-19 restrictions persist.

The Irish company reported a loss of 273 million euros ($ 322 million) between April and June as lockdowns resulted in most flights being canceled over the Easter period and European nations wary of easing travel restrictions .

For comparison: Compared to the first quarter of the previous year, the airline recorded a loss of 185 million euros.

“Covid-19 has continued to devastate our business,” Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said in a statement on Monday.

At the same time, operating costs rose, which worsened the company’s bottom line. Over the course of the year through June, costs increased 116%, mainly driven by fuel, airport and route charges.

However, O’Leary expects traffic to pick up in the coming weeks.

“We expect traffic to grow from over 5 million in June to nearly 9 million in July and to over 10 million in August as long as there are no more Covid setbacks in Europe,” he said.

However, the outlook depends heavily on the pandemic and successful vaccination campaigns. According to Our World in Data, 46% of the adult population in the European Union are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. In the UK it is 54.4%.

Ryanair shares are up 42% year over year.