Ryanair Says Sluggish EU Vaccine Rollout to Hit Passenger Forecast


The Irish firm mentioned it now anticipated passenger visitors within the 12 months to March 31, 2022, to be in the direction of the decrease finish of its beforehand estimate of 80-120 million individuals.

“Easter journey restrictions/lockdowns and a delayed visitors restoration into the height Summer time 21 season, because of the gradual rollout within the EU of COVID-19 vaccines, implies that FY22 visitors is more likely to be in the direction of the decrease finish of our beforehand guided vary,” it mentioned in an announcement.

Ryanair flew 27.5 million passengers within the final 12 months, down from 149 million passengers within the 12 months to March 2020, earlier than the pandemic had a big affect.

The airline, one of many harshest critics of European politicians’ dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster, mentioned that whereas it was too quickly to make significant revenue steering for the brand new monetary 12 months, it anticipated to be “near breakeven.”

Goodbody Stockbrokers mentioned in a notice it anticipated “some adjustment down” from its present 252 million euro ($299 million) revenue forecast for the 12 months to end-March 2022.

Ryanair, which is because of publish its annual outcomes on Might 17, mentioned it anticipated to announce a internet lack of 800-850 million euros in contrast with 850-950 million beforehand.

The airline had 3.15 billion euros of money on the finish of March, down from 3.5 billion on the finish of December.

Its shares have been unchanged at 16.95 euros at 0844 GMT.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries. Enhancing by Jason Neely and Mark Potter)

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