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Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Ryanair was set up by the Ryan family and began operating in 1985 with a share capital of £1 only, and a staff of 25 individuals.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) report in 2013, the low-cost air line, with its main bases at Dublin and London Stansted Airports, was considered the largest European airline in terms of domestic, international, and scheduled passenger figures and passenger-kilometres. The airline has J,600 flights scheduled daily across 185 destinations, with 300 Boeing 737-800 jets in operation.
Tl1e airline is growing rapidly, serving 35 countries in Africa (Morocco), and the Middle East
(Cyprus and Israel), and Europe. In 2014, the airline saw an increase in traffic by 11 per cent. The operations outgrew its previous office space at the Dublin Airport , and in April, 2014, Ryanair’s new €20m Dublin Head Office in Airside Business Park, which was around 100,000 square feet, was officially opened. In the same year, Ryanair launched its “Always Getting Better” program to address things that customers did not appreciate. It also agreed to purchase up to 200 Boeing 737 Max 8s (100 confirmed and 100 options) for over $22 billion. In December 2015, the airline opened an operating base at Milan Malpensa Airport.
The key trends for Ryanair over recent years are shown below (year ending March 2015):
|Total operating revenue (€m)||2,988.1||3,629.5||4,390..2||4,884.0||5,036.7||5,654.0|
|Operating income (€m)||402.l||488..2||683.2||718.2||658.6||1,042.9|
|Profit before taxation (€m)||341.0||420.9||633.0||650.9||591.4||982.4|
|Profit after taxation (€m)||305.3||374.6||560.4||569.3||522.8||866.7|
Source: Based on data front Ryanair FY 2015 Results, March 2015, IO Ryau.Air, \V\V\v.investor.ryanair.com.
In December 2014, Ryanair announced that it would inaugurate its 72nd base in 2015 in the Azores. In 2016, Ryanair will work towards developing a low-cost airline named VivaCan . The air line service was projected to have provided service to 160 million passengers in 2024.