EasyJet passenger numbers climb

EasyJet'a passenger traffic numbers rose 7.6 per cent from a year earlier in December, following a similar rise in numbers at rival budget airline Ryanair.

EasyJet said it carried 3,657,186 last month, while its load factor – which measures the amount of seats filled on a plane – rose by 0.4 percentage points from last year to 85.8 per cent.

Earlier Ryanair said it carried five million passengers in December, two per cent more than the previous year.