Passenger numbers up at Ryanair and Wizz Air while Londoners splash out on holiday treats

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Ryanair and Wizz Air both saw customer numbers grow (Source: Getty)

Ryanair and Wizz Air both reported increased passenger numbers during July today, as holidaymakers chose the month for their summer getaways.

Ryanair had a record month, serving 12.6 million customers. This represented an increase of 11 per cent on the previous July.

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The record number made the company the first European airline to carry over 12 million passengers in a single month, and also saw it celebrate reaching a billion passengers since its first flight launch in 1985.

Meanwhile London-listed Central and Eastern Europe airline Wizz Air grew its customer base even faster. Passenger numbers hit 2.8 million in July, an increase of 23.7 per cent on the year.

Expansion of the company's route network and the removal of a cabin bag charge helped it to increase both capacity and load factor.

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Londoners spending more on holidays

While the number of holidaymakers increased in July, it also emerged today that Londoners are willing to splash out on their summer breaks, spending as much as a quarter of their yearly salaries.

According to Atol (the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence), 29 per cent of Londoners will spend more than a third of their salary on their annual holiday, compared to just nine per cent of average Brits.

Londoners spend more on everything from drinks by the pool to priority boarding. Half of the busy capital-dwellers are willing to pay more for convenient flight time, compared to 37 per cent of the rest of the country.

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