June is a bumper month for Ryanair and EasyJet

BUDGET airlines Ryanair and EasyJet yesterday said they had recorded year-on-year passenger increases after an exodus of passengers from premium rival British Airways (BA).<br /><br />Figures for June showed that Ryanair carried more passengers than ever before, with 5.8m people using the Irish airline. <br /><br />This represents a 13 per cent increase on passenger traffic from a year ago, and 100,000 more than the company&rsquo;s previous record of 5.7m customers, set in August 2008.<br /><br />Ryanair has flown 60m passengers over the last 12 months.<br /><br />The low cost airline attributed the increase in passenger numbers to the company&rsquo;s low prices, saying &ldquo;Ryanair now carries twice BA&rsquo;s monthly worldwide traffic and we will continue to grow as Ryanair continues to lower fares&rdquo;.<br /><br />Meanwhile, rival Luton-based EasyJet said it had carried 4.15m passengers in June, up 0.8 per cent from the same period last year.<br /><br />But the number of full flights dipped by 0.6 per cent, to 86.3 per cent of total capacity. <br /><br />The news comes just days after BA revealed its passenger numbers had fallen by five per cent, with business class performing particularly poorly.