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Ryanair passengers were down 99.6 percent in April, Wizz Air 97.6 percent

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Europe's largest budget airline, Ryanair (RYA.I), posted a 99.6% drop in passenger numbers in April, while the smaller low-cost airline, Wizz Air (WIZZ.L), reported a 97.6% drop in numbers, as the novel coronavirus stopped most of Europe's flights.

Ryanair said it flew 40,000 passengers in April, compared to the 13.5 million it was carrying in 2019 that same month. Due to ongoing travel restrictions it said it expected numbers to remain minimal during May and June.

Wizz Air said it carried 78,389 passengers in April, down from 3.3 million in the comparative period of 2019, but its figures will improve this month as it became one of the first European airlines to reboot commercial routes from London Luton and Vienna on May 1.

The company also said a new airline is planning to launch flights in the Middle East between Abu Dhabi and Eastern Europe is progressing in line with its initial timeline to start flying in this year.