LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair, Europe’s biggest carrier by passengers, has warned its profits will be lower than expected — the second such downgrade in four months — because of weaker fares over the winter.
The company said yesterday it expects full-year profit of between one billion euros and 1.1 billion euros, down from a range of 1.1 billion euros to 1.2 billion euros previously.
It said that while traffic is up, winter fares are expected to fall seven per cent. CEO Michael O’Leary noted there was stiff competition and expects some rival budget carriers to fall out of the market. Companies like WOW and Flybe have been up for sale after struggling financially.
O’Leary warned profits could be hit further if Brexit complicates air travel between the United Kingdom and other European countries.