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Ryanair rebounds to near-record profit as summer bookings soar

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Ryanair has bounced back to a near-record €1.4bn (£1.2bn) profit last year and expects to better that in 2023, fuelled by a summer boom in which the low-cost airline will carry a record number of passengers.Europe’s largest airline swung back to profit in the year to the end of March after reporting a €355m loss in the previous year.

The company, led by the chief executive, Michael O’Leary, said it was cautiously optimistic that it will increase profits again this year, which could result in it topping the record €1.45bn Ryanair made in 2018.“To date, summer 2023 demand is robust and peak summer 2023 fares are trending ahead of last year,” O’Leary said. “First-quarter fares, which benefited from a strong Easter in April – and a very weak previous year comparable due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – will be significantly higher than the first quarter of 2022-23.”The airline, which earlier this month spent$40bn (£32bn) on 300 new aircraft from Boeing in a bet it can continue to outperform European rivals, carried a record 168 million passengers last year.The company says it expects to carry 186 million this year, backed by its largest ever summer schedule covering almost 2,500 routes and 3,000 daily flights, with a long-term ambition to fly 300 million a year by 2034 – more than any airline has managed.Neil Sorahan, the Ryanair chief financial officer, said that while he expects the overall European aviation industry to still not fully recover this year, as it is running at 90% to 95% pre-Covid capacity levels, Ryanair is operating at 125% pre-pandemic levels and growing.“We don’t have a lot of visibility into the second half of this year, as we normally would, but the first quarter and Easter has been strong and fares

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