Both airlines continue to weather the storm, with differing results.
In February, Ryanair's load factor jumped three percent, to 78 percent from last February's 75 percent, while their passenger tally jumped 7 percent to 4.13 million. As in previous months, the airline's extreme sale mode is working, at least in statistical terms—whether they're making money is another question.
February saw Air Berlin struggling on the negative side of the ledger. The German airline's load factor fell from 72.5 percent last February to 70.8 percent, a slide of 1.7 percent. The number of passengers flown fell a more remarkable 8.5 percent, to 1.71 million, though the airline points out that capacity in February was down 6.3 percent against last February.
The upshot for passengers? There's more room to relax and spread out on Ryanair and Air Berlin flights than there used to be. I'm just trying to find the silver lining, that's all.