Easyjet vs Ryanair

easyjet vs ryanair

Easyjet and Ryanair are 2 of Europe’s biggest budget airlines which carry over 145 million passengers per year between them. In terms of statistics let’s take a look at Easyjet vs Ryanair – how they compare against each other head-to-head.

Background

Easyjet (U2) was established in 1995 and is headquartered at London Luton, UK. Easyjet plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: EZJ)

Ryanair (FR) was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Ryanair Ltd is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISEQ: RYA) plus additional listings in London (LSE: RYA) and in the US (NASDAQ:RYAAY).

Airports

Easyjet has 26 bases, serving 135 airports and 755 routes. Its main base is at London Gatwick (LGW).

Ryanair has 70 bases, serving 186 airports and 1,600 routes. Its main base is at London Stansted (STN).

Flights

Easyjet makes 440,000 flight sectors per year – an average of 1,205 flights per day. The average sector length is 691 miles.

Ryanair makes 525,000 flight sectors per year – an average of 1,438 flights per day. The average sector length is 788 miles.

Passengers

Easyjet flies 64.8 million passengers per year with an average load factor of 89%. That’s 178,000 passengers per day.

Ryanair flies 81.7 million passengers per year with an average load factor of 86%. That’s 224,000 passengers per day.

Aircraft

Easyjet has a fleet of 230 aircraft comprising of 149 Airbus A319 and 81 Airbus A320. It has up to 200 Airbus A320neo on order. It utilises its aircraft 11 hours per day.

Ryanair has a fleet of 312 Boeing 737 aircraft. It has up to 370 new Boeing 737s on order. It utilises its aircraft 11.7 hours per day.

Seats

Easyjet planes have a seat pitch of 29″ and a width of 18″.

Ryanair planes have a seat pitch of 30″ and a width of 17″.

Staff

Easyjet has 9,649 staff members. The CEO is Carolyn McCall.

Ryanair has 9,501 staff members. The CEO is Michael O’Leary.

Longest Route

Easyjet flies Manchester (MAN) to Sharm-el Sheikh (SSH) which is 2,555 miles.

Ryanair flies Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) to Tenerife South (TFS) which is 2,655 miles.

Shortest Route

Easyjet flies Liverpool (LPL) to Isle of Man (IOM) which is 89 miles.

Ryanair flies Valencia (VCN) to Ibiza (IBZ) which is 108 miles.

Route Map Extremities

Easyjet
Most Northerly Airport: KEF (Reykjavik, Iceland) 63°59’06″N
Most Southerly: HRG (Hurghada, Egypt) 27°10’42″N
Most Easterly: DME (Moscow, Russia) 37°54’23″E
Most Westerly: PDL (Ponta Delgade, Azores) 25°41’52″W

Ryanair
Most Northerly: SFT (Skellefteå, Sweden) 64°37’29″N
Most Southerly: LPA (Gran Canaria, Spain) 27°55’55″N
Most Easterly: PFO (Paphos, Cyprus) 32°29’09″E
Most Westerly: PDL (Ponta Delgade, Azores) 25°41’52″W

Operational statistics sourced from annual reports of each airline.