Ryanair passenger numbers nosedive - while Easyjet's take off

Ryanair passenger numbers fall while Easyjet's numbers increase

has announced an eight per cent drop in passenger numbers for November – its first monthly fall since the early 1990s.

Meanwhile, its 'no frills' competitor Easyjet has announced it has experienced a 3.4 per cent increase in passenger levels.

Ryanair spokesman Stephen Mc Namara said in today's Liverpool Daily Post that the decline in figures was due to its decision to take a number of aircraft out of service during the winter period.

And according to the Airports Council International Europe, there has been a significant slowdown in European passenger growth during October.

But Easyjet appears to be flying high in the face of adversity. Last month, it carried 3.82 million passengers, compared with 3.69 in November 2010.

Depite Ryanair's decrease, it still boasted a total 4.68 million passengers last month.

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