Traffic really took off at budget airline Ryanair last month, it turns out: figures published this morning showed passenger numbers grew to 9.5m passengers in June, up 14 per cent from 8.3m passengers the year before.
The airline's load factor, how much capacity is actually used, was 93 per cent for the month, up five per cent. This is a critical measure for low cost airlines, whose model depends on hav as many seats filled as possible.
The firm is aiming to reach an average load factor of 90 per cent.
Overall, Ryanair's rolling annual traffic to June was 94.3m customers, a rise of 14 per cent.
Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said the boost in passengers was "thanks to our lower fares, our stronger forward bookings and the continuing success of our 'Always Getting Better' customer experience improvement programme, which continues to deliver better than expected load factors on our significantly expanded summer schedule".